Oct 022012

Just a quick note to stress that staying positive and being inspired is important when a person is on job search. You must continue working hard to find employment and believe you will succeed, which isn’t always easy to do. We recommend that students find something personal to motivate them during the tough times. Think of it as an re-charging station.

Be sure to put this re-charger in a place you can see it multiple times per day. The kitchen, your bathroom or the refrigerator are the most popular locations. Look at your re-charger multiple times per day; use it to stay inspired.

This re-charger can be anything of value to the individual. Pictures of family members or vacation spots are common. My personal re-charger is a poem called the Desiderata. I am sharing it with you below because it helps me. Hope you find something that helps you.

“Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
Aug 212012

In our continuing series of Q&A with GigSpire experts we were asked:

“What can I do to be more effective in my job search. I feel disorganized, overwhelmed and I get tired. Any suggestions?” – Sarah

GigSpire’s response:

Sarah we understand how difficult the job search can be and we want to give you a few pointers on how to approach your day. Often just by following these few suggestions you will find your efforts more focused and more effective.

1. Make a To-Do List the Day Before

Just before you finish up from a hard day of looking for work, take about 15-20 minutes and evaluate your day. Make note of the important things to follow up on and schedule them. Also review your tasks for the next day, rank them in order of important and create a list of things to get accomplished. Keep your list reasonable (don’t put 100 things on it) and work steadily through the day to get things done. The effort of planning tomorrow’s work today, will make the day’s work go more smoothly and feel more directed.

2. Get Some Sleep

Sounds crazy but if you don’t sleep well, you will not perform well. Set yourself up for a productive day by getting to bed at a reasonable hour (no late night movie reruns or infomercials) and try to get at least 6 hours of sleep. Often stress can make it difficult to sleep well and there is plenty of stress doing the job search so to counter that stress we recommend our next step…

3. Exercise

You mean move around? Yes, we mean move around. Go to the gym, take a walk, do some push-ups, try some yoga, go for a swim…what ever you can do to get your heart pumping for about 20-40 minutes. Should you be someone who does not exercise regularly, no better time to start than now. Exercise releases endorphins and helps to alleviate stress that accumulates during the day and it can make a huge impact if you are one of the unfortunate that are affected by insomnia.

4. Eat Breakfast

“But I never eat breakfast…” Well change that, your brain and body need some power. Most people have gone without food during the night and the chemical makeup of your body is bound to be requiring some energy. Try to eat a balanced diet (skip the 3 bowl of Apple Jacks and try some oatmeal), get some fruit in there somewhere and yes, coffee is ok. By eating in the morning you give yourself some energy to get going. Studies have shown that people who fail to eat in the morning have difficulty in focusing on tasks.

5. Shower and Get Dressed for Work

Job search is work and getting dressed for work creates a subtle but important shift in the mindset of the job seeker. If you have been looking for work while chilling on the couch in your flannel jammies, you may find your motivation to power through the work is less. Treating your job search as if it was a paying job increases your respect for the importance of the activities. Plus if you happen to get the chance for a last minute lunch or coffee for networking, you aren’t stuck hoping you can get cleaned up in time to make the meeting.

6. Take 10 Minutes Breaks

Every two to three hours you should take a few minutes to disengage your brain from job search. Hop on Facebook, go for a stroll around the block, call your friend…just get away from work for a few moments. You will find that the time away will reset your energy levels and resolve to continue getting things accomplished.


Aug 022012

20120802-135038.jpgThe job search can be an incredibly difficult time in someone’s life. Even if you’re employed and looking for a new job, stress and despair can make the job search seem overwhelming and hopeless.

Make sure to spend some time in personal reflection and identify those things that give you hope and peace. Talk with loved ones and spend time being thankful for the good things you have. Remember there are many in the world that are having a more difficult life.

Make sure to get to some networking events that cater to your industry and to people on job search. Often the simple act of sharing experiences can lift our spirit.

Above all, don’t give up!

As the famous saying goes:

“Why do we fall down? To learn how to get up!”

You can do it!

Jul 252012

The job search can be very discouraging and many feel like it just doesn’t make sense to move on. The only solution is to find something that motivates you.

Know now that you are going to run into challenges and they will often seem insurmountable. Develop a network of people that you can communicate with, online and in-person, who can act as a support group and a sounding board. Hell, join a support group if you have to.

Becoming demoralized and unmotivated about your job search can end up causing your self-esteem to spiral downward. Not only is this a terrible thing to experience but it also lessens your chances of getting a job. You will become desperate, wondering what to do next, why isn’t this working…employers can smell it on you and they will not hire you.

Motivation can come from almost anywhere. What ever motivates you to get to work should be in the front of your mind every day. You should turn to it like a 2 year old turns to a blankie when the going gets tough. Force yourself to stay positive and realize you are worth a job and you deserve a job. You can do it!

If you don’t believe it now, just lean on our belief in you. There is a job out there for everyone!