Do you see what’s missing in the picture? You’re right if you said the angel on his right shoulder.
When one is out of work and looking for a new job and having a tough time of it, that angel on the shoulder – the one who whispers reassuring, confidence-boosting words – is more important than at any other time. Unfortunately, the negative voice in the other ear is louder than ever at tough times like these, making the angel appear to have abandoned you.
Never fear! One of ExecuNet’s angels, Career Coach Louise Garver, put together a series of articles on Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster of Job Search, so that even when times are dark and you can’t hear your own angel whispering words of encouragement, you’ll have the guidance you need to persevere.
This series is reserved for VIPs, but I have opened the article on Managing Self-doubt so that you can see it too. The whole series is a really good read and each one provides insights Louise has found to be helpful to her executive job seeking clients over the years.
Here’s the rest of the series:
Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster of Job Search: Isolation and Depression
Most people think that introverts are the only people who need or want to isolate themselves. Truth be told, when stress hits job seekers—introverts or extroverts—the tendency is to want to be left alone. Isolating yourself often leads to a vicious circle of loneliness, low self-esteem, and depression that will take an executive job seeker down a slippery slope. Here are some conventional and unconventional ways to help yourself.
Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster of Job Search: Staying Motivated
Job search for most people is tough and twists the emotions of even the most steadfast executives. It’s been said that people experience emotions similar to death after losing a job or while in career transition: shock, denial, guilt, anger, and depression. If we just address the first emotion of shock or disbelief, we know that it often leaves people feeling numb and unmotivated, unable to move forward with a job search. Here are a coach’s secrets to maintain motivation.
Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster of Job Search: Frustration
Most executives looking for a new job opportunity or major change in their career are likely to experience frustrations from time-to-time. You can surmount these frustrations and persevere by implementing some of these techniques into your job search, moving forward with a positive attitude, and a lot of patience.
Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster of Job Search: Anger
Most executives have experienced negative situations at some point in their career. These adverse experiences can turn into anger. Focusing your energy on anger weakens your job search abilities and can make you feel like a failure, despite your qualifications. The degree of anger varies from person-to-person; however, many people get “stuck” feeling bitter and resentful and can’t search effectively.
Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster of Job Search: Conquering Fear
Fear is one of all human beings’ primary emotions. It cannot be avoided. When one is in job search it is natural to be afraid you’ll have a hard time finding a great opportunity, one that will be an interesting way to spend every day for years and that will pay you what you need to take care of your family. Fear can be crippling, but Louise has some thoughts on how to keep it in check.
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