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The Mindful Job-Seeker

11 October
by Careerminds
4 minute read

In the midst of all of the chaos that comes with searching for the professional position of your dreams (or just a job, ANY job) comes stress.  You are likely overwhelmed and tired, thinking, "Will I ever get there?"

Take a step back from the discouraging situation you're immersed in and take a deep breath.  Look around you at life as it really is right now, not as you perceive it to be.  Likely you feel that things are crumbling around you and that the collapse of your world as you know it is imminent.  Stop and look at everything that you DO have in place in your life, and take a moment to appreciate all of it.

Mindfulness is a practice that can easily be incorporated into looking for a job.  To be mindful means to be present in the moment instead of letting your mind get scattered all over the place with the "what ifs" and other negative self-talk.  You can even practice mindfulness during an interview, which can ultimately make you more successful!

Some of the principles of mindfulness that apply to the job search are:

Acceptance of how you are feeling, without judgement.  Acknowledge your feelings of fear and sit with those feelings without degrading yourself for being scared.  Feel the fear, and be ok with it.

Kindness toward yourself as you recognize your feelings.  It is ok to be afraid, but it is not ok to be unkind to yourself.

Trust yourself and your skills. Be confident in what you can do! Know yourself, love yourself, and remember that you CAN do it!

Non-striving attitude - This can be put to use in the interview process.  A non-striving attitude means paying attention to what is happening NOW without looking toward the future.  Put this to use by focusing on what the interviewer is asking you without getting caught up in what your reply might be.  By putting yourself completely in the moment, you give yourself a much better chance at giving a calm and clear answer.

Remember that being mindful in your everyday life will improve your overall attitude and outlook toward the job search as well.  Take the time to notice that the leaves are changing as fall begins.  Spend time outdoors every day, and really immerse yourself in what you see around you.

Live in the now; take pleasure in the present.  Acknowledge that you have some unresolved issues professionally, but approach those issues without judging yourself.  You are not alone! There are other people with the same problem, and many people with problems much more serious. Take the time each day to be thankful for the things and people you do have in your life.

By taking each day as it comes and living in the present, you will slowly become more grounded, more confident, and more self-aware.  Only then will you find the most success in all areas of your life, including your search for the perfect job.

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Careerminds provides scalable, strategic solutions to organizations seeking affordable, web-based outplacement services. Using a Web 2.0 e-learning platform that delivers affordable, online career transition services, Careerminds provides a high-tech and high-touch blend of on-demand career transition education supported by senior-level career consultants to help displaced workers reenter the workforce quickly.

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