Friday, June 10, 2011

Positive Thinking and the Job Search

Positive thinking: It's what keeps us going during hard times.  Keeping a positive frame of mind can help get us through the day.  Of course, it can be hard to reach that state when everything seems to be going wrong.  This is especially true when it comes to the job search.  Finding that perfect non profit job is tough work, especially in a job market that seems to take one step forward and two steps backwards everyday.  But just because it is hard doesn't mean you have to be some sort of guru to get yourself to think positive thoughts. 

First off, you need to remember there is only so much you can control.  It's impossible to control what decision an organization will make when it comes to hiring new employees.  All you can do is present yourself in a positive light.  As long as you put the required effort needed into your nonprofit job search, you will know you have done everything in your power to get that job.  We all like to think we are the perfect candidate for any particular job, but it doesn't always work out that way.  Most of the time, there are factors way beyond our control (such as job candidates who might be more qualified).

The most frustrating aspect of the job search stems from the disappointment of being rejected from a job.  And a lot of that disappointment comes from stressing over doing all that work for seemingly nothing.  What you have to realize, however, is that with every job application you fill out, it gives you more experience.  You end up learning from mistakes you might have made.  And in the long run, that makes you a stronger candidate.

Finally, there is no worse way to slow your progress down than to dwell on the job opportunity that slipped away.  If you are truly committed to getting work as quickly as you can, you simply can't afford to be frustrated for too long.  Just take a step back and remember that as long as try your hardest and practice positive thinking, you will get that non profit job before too long.

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