During your executive job search you will need to deal with ups and downs, A good portion of the ups and downs, will Â consist of stress and fear. 90% of the success in your executive job search requires a positive headset.Â Knowing how to conquer the stress and fears during your executive job search is imperative.
Secrets to Conquering Stress and Fear
When Dr. Arthur Nielsen spoke at Northwestern University on “Managing Economic Stress on the Home Front,” his lecture addressed a study conducted by the American Psychological Association. Titled “Stress in America,” this research showed how the entire country was coping with this deep recession.
Those individuals involved with the study discovered the following depressive symptoms in response to the stalled economy:
ïFeeling depressed or sad: 34%
ïFeeling as though they could cry: 32%
ïLack of interest, motivation, or energy: 40%
ïIrritability or anger: 45%
Be careful if you see yourself in one or more of these categories. Depression leads to inactivity, which in turn leads to more depression.
When it comes to the best ways to deal with stress, the first thing you must do is be willing to admit that you are enduring stress. I know that I personally try to avoid admitting when I am feeling stressed out. In my mind, confessing stress is a sign of weakness. In reality, the strength arises when you can admit that you’re stressed and can back away from the situation and deal with it.
Here are some proven techniques that will help to lessen your job-related stress. Michael McCullough and his colleagues at the University of Miami came up with the following proven procedures. I have taken the liberty of modifying these techniques to tailor them specifically to the job search process.
Begin by thinking about the actual benefits that have come forth as a result of the seemingly negative situation of being laid off and unemployed.
Have these events helped you:
1. Grow stronger or become aware of personal and professional strengths that you were unaware of before?
2. Appreciate certain parts of your life more than before?
3. Become a wiser person about life and yourself?
4. Become better at expressing your feelings and professional goals?
5. Develop into a more compassionate, empathetic, sensitive, and forgiving person?
6. Identify any of your own shortcomings that may be standing in the way of your happiness and next career goals?
Some simple activities that will help when you are stressed:
2. Literature, theater, movies, television
3. Playing or watching sports
4. Hobbies, recreation, travel, and volunteer work
TheÂ information I am sharing with you is from Chapter 2, How to Keep a Positive Mindset in Challenging Times, which is from The NEW Rules of Job Search â€“ How to Land an Executive Job in the New Economy.
Have a great and productive day. I believe in you!
Eleanor Anne Sweet
Executive Job Search Expert and Coach, tm.
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