There are times in a job search when we need to give ourselves a kick in the butt—or receive one from someone else—to motivate us to polish that resume, respond to a job posting, or reconnect with someone in our network who might know something about a potential employer. Some of you who have been out of work for months despite trying repeatedly will know what I mean: The lack of success saps your enthusiasm and eats away at your confidence.
Those are the times you can draw inspiration from short sayings that can lift you and help you see that something good can happen.
Here are five quotations and how you can apply them to your job search:
"Action is the antidote to despair." - Joan Baez
I read this in a blog post last week and it reminded me of a time many years ago when I felt I was in a career rut and needed to climb out and do something different. So, I came to realize that the more job ads I answered, the more calls I made, the more networking I did, the better I felt, at least in the short-term. That helped sustain me until I actually climbed out of the rut and into a new job.
"Men's best successes come after their disappointments." - Henry Ward Beecher
Obviously, this quote comes from a time before the language became more egalitarian. But, as this might apply to the job search, you may go through unsuccessful interviews with several employers before you land the job that's right for you. And it may wind up being the best of all the jobs you were interested in. Been there myself.
"It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'Always do what you are afraid to do'." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Like it or not, we have to take risks sometimes, be it with a career change, a promotion, or even taking another job just to escape one we don't like. The lesson? Don't fear the unknown; face it and give it your best shot.
"To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first." - Shakespeare
Be patient in your job search; don't rush into an opportunity if you don't feel it's right for you. Although anyone who's been unemployed for many months might take issue with this, don't jump into a new job if you see a red flag or potential red flag. If it's something you can live with comfortably, then proceed toward a decision.
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will." - Vince Lombardi
It's football season, so why not wrap this up with something from one of the greatest football coaches of all time. You may be one of the smartest, hardest-working people around, but it's your confidence and determination that will likely dictate how far you'll go in your career.
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