Dealing with the Highs and Lows of the Job Hunt

Dealing with the Highs and Lows of the Job Hunt

One week ago, there were thunderstorms in Wisconsin. Thunderstorms. In January.

It was crazy having the temperature be that warm! But then, it got colder the next day, and we had so much snow that they cancelled school. And a couple days later, the high temperature for the day was in the single digits. Today, we are back up to around the freezing mark and having snow.

Does your job search feel like that much of a roller coaster? One minute you are getting phone calls left and right, going to many networking events, having interviews, and so on. And then, nothing. No phone calls, no interviews. The inconsistency of it all is enough to frustrate even the calmest person.

It’s so easy to throw in the towel when things take a downturn — it just feels like nothing works no matter what you do! But the most important thing to keep in mind through everything is that you are not a total victim here.

Certainly, there are some things that are out of your control, but is that true for every aspect of a job search strategy? Definitely not. To help put this in perspective, let’s look at what is not and what is within your control.

What is not within your control

  • Who is hiring
  • The positions in your field/geographic area
  • Who your competition is
  • The personal biases of interviewers/people you meet at networking events
  • Illnesses
  • Other family emergencies
  • Car/technology malfunctions

What is within your control

When you compare the two lists, there really is a great deal more that you can do to manage your situation. Instead of feeling like a hapless victim when an unexpected event happens, work through the initial shock of it and take inventory of what you can do to limit the effects of the bad situation.

What else have you done to take control when bad times come your way?

Image courtesy of The Weather Channel

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  1. In this day and age I believe you almost have to make yourself believe you WILL get a job in the next week. The last time I had to move jobs, it took me four months and if I’d known it would’ve taken that long I might not have been so enthusiastic.

    • Melissa Cooley
      Twitter: TheJobQuest

      I agree, Beverly, that maintaining a positive attitude during a job search is important. But I have to wonder if knowing when the transition is going to end wouldn’t make things easier to handle in some ways. In my opinion, one of the big stressors of the job hunt is the uncertainty of it all. If the timing of the outcome was more predictable, it would be a lot easier to plan various aspects of life.

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