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Chapter 20. Get a Job—and Keep It > Keep Your Job - Pg. 212

Get a Job--and Keep It 212 If your job-hunting stalemate is not so much due to confusion over the structure of the job, but the bigger issue of what you want out of life, follow the suggestions offered in Chapter 19 for getting over the hurdle of choosing a career direction. You'll also find ideas in the career resources in this book's appendixes. If you take some time to identify mid- to long-range career goals, you'll know which specific types of jobs and job structures would make good stepping stones to those goals. Job Hunting Mind Games Job hunting experts have often compared the process of getting a job to the process of marketing and selling a product. They use phrases like "package yourself" and "sell yourself" when describing how to win over prospective employers. At its core, that advice is on target. Just as the packaging on a box of cereal has to grab a shopper's attention, and television commercials have to entice viewers with the cereal's health benefits or great taste, so too do job seekers have to win over the consumer who is, in this case, an employer. The downside of that advice, however, is that it adds to the anxiety job hunters are already likely to feel. They might have doubts about their ability to obtain, or succeed in, a new job. They may feel self-conscious about a scattered or lackluster employment history or nervous that a volatile former boss will give them a bad reference. They might feel ill at ease in interviews where it sometimes seems as though charm counts as much as credentials. Whatever is at the root of the feelings, fear, doubt, and anxiety are often on the minds of job seekers, sometimes to such an extent that they lead to job hunting paralysis. Solution:Realize that rejection in a job search is not a comment on your worth as a person. It simply means that a wide range of factors, many of which were beyond your control, didn't fall into place to make you the right person for the job. Rather than internalizing the rejection and letting it slow you down, accept it and move on to the next iron in the fire.