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How Detaching From Outcomes Helped Me Maintain Serenity While Looking for a Job

While engaged in reflection today, I thought about my lengthy, traditional job search experiences. Upon reflection, I now notice something I didn’t when I started: I (unintentionally) relied on my efforts for the achievement of my goal – getting a job. Too much.

I wanted to re-enter the workforce quickly after my solo experience in elder care. In no way did I want my job search to fail. In no way did I want to experience the trap of long-term unemployment. And, I focused on learning and putting into action every job hunt tip and method I could with the hope of getting hired quickly.

This did more harm than good.

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unemployed can't find a job. Why I Tell My MBA Students to Stop Looking for a Job and Join the Gig Economy

Scarce Traditional Jobs or Plentiful Independent Work?

The job market has changed severely since the Great Recession (though massive layoffs occurred before). The United States’ unemployment rate still hovers at 5.0% (4.9% in the UK). What also hasn’t changed much, as recently reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the number of ‘unemployed persons’: 7.9 million.

Without question, this is a significant number of people dealing with unemployment. And the number of ‘long-term unemployed persons’ (those without jobs for 27 weeks or more) is worth noting: 2.0 million people.

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Survey: Job Candidates Lose Interest in Slow Hiring Processes

Robert Half recently released the results of its (Canadian) ‘Time to Hire’ survey in a post entitled, Are You Taking Too Long To Hire? Intrigued by the headline, I clicked the article to read more.

As someone with direct experience in this job market, I wondered:

Will the results surprise me? Sadly, they didn’t.

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Researching a Potential Employer is a Process You Should Not Skip Before Applying for a Job

Here’s something interesting from the Harvard Business Review:

“Employers are researching each of us digitally 24/7/365.”

They’re collecting your online information. Analyzing and scoring you. Evaluating whether to hire you based on their findings.

They’re doing their homework.

And guess what?

You should be doing your homework, too.

You should be researching your potential employer, so you’ll have operational knowledge before applying for the job.

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Boost Your Resilience in Unemployment with These 5 Strategies

“Less than half (48 percent) of participants functioned as usual after losing a job, with most people taking several years to return to normal life.”

These results come from a research study conducted by Psychologists Frank Infurna and Suniya Luthar of Arizona State University, as reported by Medical Daily.

This study’s findings differ significantly from prior research on this same subject. It shows some people are less resilient than others.

When you lose a job or role, wide-ranging emotional reactions take off. It isn’t hard to break under your pressures and, ultimately, give up.

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Feeling Overwhelmed by Unemployment? 5 Helpful Tips for Easing Your Frustration

Some moments it hits hard.

You’re juggling multiple responsibilities and pressures, personally and professionally. With so many things going on, you’ve become overwhelmed emotionally.

There are many hats to wear daily. In the job search alone, you wear 6 hats, as noted by Skye Berry-Burke, Founder of Skye Is the Limit Resume and Career Solutions:

  • Business Owner.
  • Public Relations and Social Media Specialist.
  • Marketing Guru.
  • Sales Professional.
  • Writer/Editor.
  • HR Representative & Hiring Manager.

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