En Route: A Career Blog

Five Ways to Energize Your Job Search

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: April 5, 2013 at 2:00 am

How much would you pay to kickstart your job search?  What would it be worth to increase your job opportunities and decrease the time spent on your search?  What if you didn’t need to pay anything to get these results?

We all have a resource that we can tap into – our own personal energy.  Unfortunately, this was likely not a topic that was part of our formal education.  That doesn’t mean we can’t learn it today and apply it not only to our job search, but also to the job that we ultimately land.

It’s no newsflash that the stress of job search or unemployment can reduce our energy levels – it impacts the majority of job seekers.  Science is continuing to reveal the power of our minds to determine the energy levels we live with every day.   Our behaviors–all the efforts that we expend to find a job–are fueled by feelings which are in turn, fueled by thoughts….sometimes thought patterns that we are not even aware of.  Our pattern of thinking determines our energy levels.

For those that like a visual:

Our thoughts >>>  drive  >>>>>  Our feelings >>>> which drive >>>>> Our behaviors

Client after client of mine can testify that if they replace thoughts that don’t serve them with those that do, the feelings and behaviors are dramatically different with a visible increase in energy.

So, what are your recurring thoughts about your job search?  An astounding 85% of our collective energy is “spent” in stress-filled (catabolic) thoughts where we are either victim to the situation or angry at others about it.  These stressful thoughts deplete our energy for the search and cause us to not “show up” the way we want to with networking contacts or prospective employers.

Great news!  It does not need to be this way!  With a strong resolve and willingness to embrace new ways of thinking, job seekers can stop the energy leaks that they experience when lack of responses to job inquiries, rejections, or not being selected for the next level of interviews occur.  By choosing only thoughts that serve us in our job search and discarding those that don’t, our positive and action oriented (anabolic) energy can rise dramatically.  It is said that confidence (not arrogance) is one of the most attractive qualities in a job applicant. Confidence is triggered by our anabolic energy.

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Here are five ways to begin the shift from catabolic (stress-filled and de-energizing) energy into anabolic energy:

  1. Pay attention to what you are thinking. Ask yourself if what you are telling yourself about your search is really true.  Become more aware of the subtle messages about “failure” or “disappointment” that we tell ourselves.  Our self-talk is the most powerful tool we have to raise energy.
  2. Avoid those who want to take your energy.  Many catabolic job seekers want you to join their pity party or anger-fest by broadcasting their stress and inviting you to join in.  A simple and powerful approach is not to join when invited.  A better choice is to team up with those that are taking action, believing in their success, and wanting to help each other in affirming ways.
  3. Don’t go it alone.  A job search coach can help you determine which thoughts are serving you and which are keeping you from reaching your goal of getting that next great job.  Sometimes we aren’t aware of those messages we tell ourselves that can sabotage our success.  Having a coach that helps you become aware of those messages can dramatically change your success trajectory.
  4. Presume the best outcome.  While this may sound like Pollyanna, it keeps you “on your game” with the process. In fact, it actually takes more energy to presume the worst.  When we do that, our minds spin on all of the reasons “why not” and it impacts any other opportunities we are pursuing as well, depleting energy we need to get a successful outcome
  5. Take action.  We raise our energy when we are moving and doing.  It could simply be the act of networking and making a new contact. It could be getting candid, helpful feedback from a work colleague on what we do well and what we need to work on.  All of these can raise our energy.  Of course, it is best when both our energy and our focus intersect, so being smart about moving and doing is the best course.

It takes no investment of money to examine and positively and sustainably change the way that we think about getting that next position.  The shift in your energy will be noticed by all those you meet.  If the axiom of “like energy attracts” is true, and I believe it to be, why not attract more and greater opportunities?    We want every advantage we can get in the highly competitive world of job search.