That awkward moment in a conversation when someone says, “What do you do?” can feel almost as painful as the day when you lost your job. Related: 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You're Unemployed However, it is not necessary to bend your head in dismay and unload your negative job talk on a listener. Instead, there are many ways to handle this question (and avoid feeling down on yourself) at networking events and in everyday conversation. Here are some helpful ideas and tips to reassure your comfort and confidence when the question is pose to you:
You know the saying, “Applying to jobs is a full-time job”? Don’t listen to it. Related: Resume not working? Watch our resume tutorials NOW! Applying to jobs you’re not qualified for (which 50% of job seekers reportedly do!) is counter-productive to your job search. Competition is too fierce. Even qualified applicants aren’t getting callbacks.
Sometimes in life, our actions are completely counter-intuitive. For example, deciding to go on a diet. The first thing most people do is think they must eliminate something or cut back. In reality, the challenge of a diet is you must add more good foods versus taking away bad foods. The good naturally replaces the bad. But, it's a huge challenge to plan and add good healthy foods to your diet five to six times a day versus going in drive through two times a day. Related: 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You’re Unemployed The same is true for your job search. Are you going to get "job healthy" by adding good habits to your daily routine, or are you going to stay fat, miserable and unemployed by choosing the “fast food” route? Of course, the challenge is to know what is healthy and what is not. Here are the top five unhealthy job search habits and how to replace them with healthy ones:
Nothing is permanent in this world, especially in your career. Change happens constantly, and it's up to us on how to deal and adapt with these changes in our environment. Unfortunately, there are instances that we don't respond positively to these changes. This is especially true when our pride and attitude gets the best of us, and we lose our jobs because of unfortunate circumstances. Related: How To Answer, ‘Have You Ever Been Fired?’ It's not pretty when a bad work experience blots an otherwise spotless resume. These bad work experiences can haunt us when we're out there looking for a new job, and this can bring down our self-confidence. Whether you lose your job, resigned because of a nasty boss, backstabbing co-workers, or get chucked out because of uncontrollable events, there are ways to deal with the life in-between. It's summarized in four R's: rant, relax, recover, and restart.
Well guys, I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the job market is pretty crappy right now. But does that mean you're destined to be unemployed after school? Not exactly. Being unemployed isn't a requirement if you carefully plan your job search strategy. Now, some of you will read this and Google the nearest grad school, and some of you will polish your resume for fall – hunting season in the corporate world – and brace yourself for a double-wide. (Cubicle, that is.) And some of you will develop a side hustle. Side hustles used to sprout from an entrepreneurial passion. We’ve all heard stories of the widget-maker with a dream who hits it big. But more often these days, they come as a result of economic necessity. Regardless of your driver, it’s never been easier – or cheaper – to get started. All you need is a good idea, a good computer, and a good coffee shop that won’t kick you out after one latte in five hours. (If you really want to be successful, you’ll also need an unearthly amount of faith and blind ambition – but hey - at least you won’t have to sell your plasma anymore.) I know I’m making this sound simple. As an entrepreneur myself, I can tell you first-hand it’s not. Of course, being one of the 1 million+ unemployed graduates in the U.S. isn’t exactly Disney World either. Hey Gen Y, still feel “entitled?” “The ‘work hard, get good grades and go to college to get a job’ mantra is dead,” says twenty-something self-confessed hustler Scott Gerber, author of Never Get a “Real” Job: How To Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke. So, here’s the deal: You are on the cusp of a truly defining moment. That is, if the current trend holds, you will become the most unemployed generation in recent times – OR the most entrepreneurial ever. Do you see the patterns forming? If you are destined to become the most self-accountable cohort in human history – what better time to get started then right now? You don’t need to wait until you’re out in “the real world” to take full responsibility for your success. “The real world” is BS anyway. It’s a myth. You’re living in the real world now. A piece of cardstock with a seal on it really isn’t going to change that much. So, students – start hustln’. Photography, dance lessons, web design, editing, baking, baby sitting… whatever. Find something (legal) that will allow you to build a business and see where it goes. At best, you’ll earn enough to stay afloat for the long haul. At worst, your initiative will help you land a ‘traditional’ job post-graduation. Of course, by then the double-wide may not look so hot after all.