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Wanted: A Job!

Are you a recent college graduate, or college senior, and can’t find a job to save your life? Do you find yourself getting anxious and frustrated with your job search? Time to do a self evaluation!

1.) Are you doing everything you can to make sure your job search and personal life are separated? It is very important to realize when it’s time to work, and when it’s time to play. Being completely indulged in your job search will add unnecessary stress to your day to day life, and can affect your studies.

2.) Do you have balance in your life? Do you spend time with those who truly matter to you, or are you putting all that aside in order to find your “dream job?” Be on a constant search for a job and take every opportunity possible to network, but forgetting everything and everyone in the process could lead to some damage down the road.

3.)Do you have a positive aura surrounding you when you walk into an interview?

Employers don’t want negativity in their work environment. If you are not smiling, then chances are you don’t want to be there

How do you keep an upbeat outlook in the face of the anxiety, frustration and rejection that are often a part of job hunting?

In an article entitled, Wanted: Positive Person, Julia Mehta refers to searching for a job as “emotionally draining,” and its rejection can be listed under a broad concept called “negative life events.” Although frustration and anxiety can ruin an upbeat attitude toward life in general, she offers a few ways to remain positive through it all.

Get Real

The sooner you confront these feelings, the better off you’ll be, says Tony Beshara, author of The Job Search Solution. “I’ve talked to lots of people who say ‘It doesn’t bother me,’ but inside they’re going crazy.” His advice? “Express your emotions—write them out or tape record them. Or share them with your spouse or a friend. But avoid pity parties. “Don’t deny, but don’t dwell. Let your emotions out, then move on.”

Get Out.

One reason college students have a hard time shutting out frustration and anxiety is because they don’t know what to do. They have become too comfortable with college life; wearing pajamas to class, house shoes across campus, shower caps to the caf. Get into the activity of looking for a job. Establish a routine and plan tasks just as you would at work. Get up and dressed at a decent hour, and get out of the house. Network with friends and family; people who know your worth, so that if a job does come open you will be the first to know!

Get Perspective

Focus on what you can do today instead of on yesterday’s regrets or tomorrow’s worries. Keep trying new tactics. A part-time job or consulting work can structure your day, build your confidence, and expand your network while you’re looking for a full-time position. Gather notes of praise, good performance reviews and awards and post them up to remind yourself how much you have to offer.

Remember that your application may not always be accepted. But you have to keep trying to get closer to a positive outcome

Settle Down

The stress of searching for work can take a toll on even the strongest person. Don’t beat yourself up for feeling down. Take a couple of days to recharge, perhaps hang out with people who make you happy. Then get back to your job hunt.

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We know getting the perfect job can be one tough nut to crack. Luckily, the secret to your success is right here in Troup County, where you’ll find a wide range of career opportunities. And we’re here to serve you with a large helping of job openings, tips and resources. Stay positive - there are plenty of employers out there looking for one smart cookie just like you!

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