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Dealing With Job Search Blues
Friday, December 21, 2012

For those of you who have been on the job hunt for a while now, you know that it often feels more draining than the typical stresses of working a full-time job. You put in a great deal of effort with only the hope of it producing a positive result. Becoming discouraged is just one of the downsides that job seekers have to endure throughout their job search.

That feeling of discouragement can be hard to shake and will keep a lot job seekers down. A positive attitude is the fuel for a successful job search. The following pieces of advice will help keep you from being dragged down by your job search blues:

Job searching is a full-time job. Searching for a job is anything but quick and easy. The duration of any job hunt is unpredictable. Some may be looking for a few months, others for more than a year. It's always best to start your search immediately, but giving yourself a necessary grace period will not set you too far behind. What matters is the progress and consistency in your search. You can easily overwhelm yourself in a job search similar like anyone working a full-time job can.

To avoid succumbing to fatigue, allow yourself a 3-day weekend. When you get back to it, you'll be refreshed and re-energized. Be as efficient as possible with your time by balancing down time with crunch time.

Spend time doing something you care about. Volunteer work is work, and is very much encouraged for adding to a resume. Volunteering for a cause that interests you will give you something to look forward to doing every day. It will also get your mind off just sending out resume after resume. There is no shortage of organizations that could use an extra helping hand, especially those that are willing to do it without compensation.

Volunteering can benefit your job search in several ways. It not only allows you to network beyond of your typical circles but also provide additional skills and experiences. The time spent volunteering can fill in the gap between jobs. Plus, your experience can pave the way to a new career path. When you revamp your resume, consider applying to jobs within the industry of the organization where you volunteered.

Forget the negatives. When all you've gotten for the last few months are rejections or interviews with no job offers, negativity can begin to cloud your mind. After a while, you forget that there are good things to balance that out. For example, say you had a job interview where you and the interviewer really clicked but ended up never hearing from them afterward. This, unfortunately, is an all too common scenario in job hunting.

The fact that it's common mean you shouldnt' take it personally. It might sting more knowing that you seemed to have played your cards right in the interview and still no luck, but remember that there are others who would have loved to have the kind of naturual chemistry you did with the interviewer. That alone is something to feel good about. While you may not have gotten the job you were sure was to be yours, build on the positive aspects of that experience for future interviews.

It's not fun to think about the reality that you're searching for a job rather than working at the one you already had. The only way to change that is to move forward and find a new one which is easier said than done. The key to achieving any goal is working at it non-stop until you've reached it. This could not be truer for a job search. Job searches require time, patience and above all, positivity. Remember, if you don't believe in yourself, how are you going to convince a hiring manager to?

Getting a Second Job Without Losing Your First One
Monday, December 10, 2012

You don't have to have been laid off to fall on hard times. Everyone feels the effects of a weak economy, even those who have managed to hang on to their jobs. Full-time workers are putting themselves into the job market in order to find additional income to make ends meet.

In a recent Simply Hired survey, 44% of 7,000 job seekers said that they were going to look for part-time jobs during this holiday season. As the country's economic recovery has proven to be a slow process, it has made many Americans worried about their employment security.

Taking on a second job also serves as reassurance of a cushion to fall back on should there be a need to implement Plan B. Where this has potential to backfire is when there is an offset in balance. If having another job causes your work peformance to suffer you may have shot yourself in the foot in creating the catalyst for losing one or both jobs.

To prevent overworking yourself, here are some tips to managing your time and energy wisely:

1) Do a trial run.
You can never be sure of whether you'll be able to handle two jobs if you've never taken on more than one job before. Finding something temporary at first will help you gauge your workload capacity. Trying to manage a part-time job on top of a full-time one is much more difficult than juggling two part-time ones which is why very few people do it. Give yourself some time to figure out whether this is something  you want to commit to.

2) Adjust your priorities accordingly.
Two work schedules can quickly take over life. The time sacfrices will cut deeply into your social and family life. You'll have to make tough decisions as to what is more important to, including which job if it comes down to that. You might be determined not to give up on your new job but you'll have to realize when it's not worth ruining your full-time position.

3) Make it something you can look forward to.
There's nothing more discouraging than feeling like you've just given yourself another obligation. Instead of making your life feel completely while on the job. Whether it be the environment or the work itself, part-time positions can be found in just about any field. Finding one that matches your interests might also help you hang on to it longer.

Two jobs is tough even for workaholics. Most people won't do it unless the extra cash is crucial to keeping their finances afloat. If you consider yourself as part of that group, supplementing a full-time income with extra made from a part-time gig isn't impossible. As long as expectations are realistic, you can find a way to make it work. A very important thing to remember is that your life requires balance in order to function properly. Living a life that revolves solely around work will lead you to quickly burnout.