I know everyone right now in job search and some people who are currently employed are feeling desperate right now because of all the news about companies laying people off by the thousands. I coach a lot of people everyday and I hear how worried my clients are and I feel so bad for them and try and help them overcome their anxiety, fear, etc. by communicating the positive events that are happening in the job market. For example, companies that are laying off still hire people; it’s a great time to find a job because everyone else has stopped their searches due to the holidays so your competition isn’t as fierce; you can always take a contract or consulting gig which a lot of companies are offering right now as a short term fix to augment staff because of hiring freezes; 40% of the job growth in california comes from start ups; their is free coaching at the One Stop Career Centers and Job Search Groups in your area and your local EDD office has relationships with employers and hiring managers; building a target list of companies can help you when you are networking.
Tips for overcoming anxiety and fear during your search. Kill the Monkey on your back and bury it in the backyard. Get rid of the negative self talk. I know you are saying to yourself right now, easier for Rebecca to say because she is employed. Yes this is true but I could be the type of Career Coach that buys into this negativity that the media is communicating, however I don’t. I stay as positive as I can and it’s because I am a practitioner and I am on the front lines in this job market coaching people into jobs everyday and every week. DON’T GIVE UP.
I coach people into jobs everyday in every profession and industry so people are getting jobs. It’s just going to take a lot of work, at least 5-6 hours a day and 6 weeks to 3 months to get a job. You are going to get what you put into the job search so keep your activity level high. Hang around positive and encouraging people. HIRE A CAREER COACH. Exercise. Breathe. Meditate. Eat Ice cream. Play Golf. Knit.