Job Search Resources & Links
Job-hunting can get anyone down. Here's how to stay upbeat and rise above the stress and the competition
What are employers looking for? Someone with skills, and just as important, a positive attitude. Yet few experiences are more emotionally draining than searching for a job. It ranks right up there with divorce among what psychologists call "negative life events." How do you keep an upbeat outlook in the face of the anxiety, frustration and rejection that are often a part of job hunting?
POSITIVE ARTICLES & RESOURCES
• Drop that apocalyptic vision and start imagining a positive future (Grist Magazine)
• How do you keep positive when the news seems so bad all the time? (Grist Magazine)
OPTIMISM, PESSIMISM & BURNOUT
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." – Winston Churchill
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY vs. DENIAL, ESCAPISM, POLLYANNAISM
"If a path to the better there be, it begins with a full look at the worst." – Thomas Hardy
"The most common words I hear spoken by environmentalists anywhere are, 'We're f*cked'. ...People sometimes ask me, 'If things are so bad, why don't you just kill yourself?' The answer is that life is really, really good. I am a complex enough being that I can hold in my heart the understanding that we are really, really f*cked, and at the same time that life is really, really good. I am full of rage, sorrow, joy, love, hate, despair, happiness, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, and a thousand other feelings. We are really f*cked. Life is still really good." – from Beyond Hope, by Derrick Jenson, ORION Magazine, May/June 2006
Accept uncertainty; be "neither certain nor indifferent". – Jostein Gaarder
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." – Dale Carnegie (on persistence)
FIND MEANINGFUL, SUSTAINABLE WORK
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GoodWork ID: 2286 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Jan 1 2015