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Get a Job--and Keep It 209 Get a Job You know you want a new job, a better job, or any old job, but you can't seem to do anything about it. One obvious reason for your procrastination may be that you don't enjoy job hunting. There's the prospect of long nights at the computer cranking out cover letters and days spent waiting in line at Kinko's to print up yet another batch of resumés. There are the demoralizing cattle calls at employ- ment agencies, the brush-offs from headhunters, and the rejections after interviews you thought you aced. To add insult to injury, you end up stuck with a big dry-cleaning tab. Job hunting doesn't have to be as miserable as all that; some people find it kind of interesting, even a little fun. But any way you cut it, pounding the pavement (more likely to be the cyberpavement these days with so much online job hunting) is not how most people would choose to spend their time. The following are four additional reasons why people put off looking for a job: 1. 2. 3. 4. Not having a sense of urgency Not knowing how to go about looking for a job Lack of a clear job target Fear, self-doubt, and other anxieties Let's look at each of those procrastination factors in detail, along with strategies for combating them. Too Comfortable to Leave, Too Miserable to Stay When I was in private practice as a career counselor, I often received frantic calls from new or current clients saying that they couldn't stand their jobs anymore and needed to leave immediately and needed to see me immediately to discuss how to find a new one. I often couldn't squeeze them in for an appointment until a couple of days later, but in the meantime, I offered some brief advice by