Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Positive strategies for a better job search or career building this new year.

Even though the work world is filled with roadblocks, there's not a problem that a highly motivated job hunter or career builder cannot solve. And no, getting motivated in a tight market like Singapore's is not "another issue entirely". Contrary to perhaps, what the majority believes; to get motivation, inspiration, or 'the strength to go on' is not actually hard work. This is intended to make you realise that.

We're not used to doing this, but it's New Year, so... Whether you are job hunting or career building, we want you to restart your career pursuit with that much positivism. This year, approach your search for a job or request for a pay increase or other employee benefits with a positive outlook. With a powered up bar of motivation, it's pretty much given that you'll find a solution to all your problems in no time.

We've been "advised" that because it's only been four days since the New Year (that we're still in the middle of 2011's first week) our tone shouldn't be gruff. That although the merrymaking has ended, the spirit of the celebrations should still be there for a positive entry of 2011 into our lives. Admittedly, yesterday turned out duller than we'd initially planned.

They have a point, yes. And so, here we are giving all we've got in the sounding positive department. Needless to say, we hope it's working. So far, how are we doing?

Nevertheless, it's for this reason that we've resolved during the brainstorm to talk about staying motivated in a tough market for today. Our aims are simple: this is so job seekers won't be discouraged to continue in this healthy but admittedly, tight labour market and for career professionals to find ways to renew their interests in their jobs and get back on the journey for career success.

But, considering we're not the most optimistic of bloggers, won't this be hard for us? We admit to feeling pressure right now, but there's Career Advice to help us anyway. www.jobsdb.com.sg/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerIndex is pretty much bountiful when it comes to articles that have been written to motivate a doubtful career person, whether he is a job hunter or a career builder. So just forget the worrying and listen to what we have to say, as inspired by the career experts on Career Advice, about staying motivated. Shall we begin?

It can be argued that the recession has already ended, yet this interview with Christie Khoo, Managing Director of Recruit Strategy at www.jobsdb.com.sg/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/career-mgt-advice.htm?ID=200 remains relevant, particularly to those who are having difficulties with their job search. "In whatever you do, it’s never a good idea to try and take the easy way out because in the end, you will only get hurt and lose out", Christie points out.

Written by an editor of ours, this article about a job seeker achieving success through MyJobsDB and Find Jobs at www.jobsdb.com.sg/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Career%20Guide?ID=268 is an excellent piece to read if you're down and in need of motivation. It's not long so do spare some time to read it.

Troubleshooting whatever it is that's problematising your job search is the no.1 way to get your motivation back. Good thing our editors have posted this article at www.jobsdb.com.sg/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Troubleshooting%20Your%20Job?ID=576 by career expert Kevin Donlin. Kevin has listed the most common job search errors and has provided solutions for each.

What do we have in store for career professionals? More and more companies are recognising the potential of embracing work life balance modules, so there's no need to elaborate...yes? Kidding aside, the individual POV is different, we know. So, here are articles on Career Advice that we think can get you started in your search for job satisfaction.

Hays Singapore has a great contribution on this topic at www.jobsdb.com.sg/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Career%20Guide?ID=430. "Enthusiasm is the catalyst to success. It makes your personal and professional experiences more enjoyable and satisfying." Very well said. The experts have also provided tips on career planning and setting goals.

Something unique about what most of us feel towards Mondays! This article at www.jobsdb.com.sg/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/5%20Ways%20To%20Beat%20The%20Monday?ID=569 contains Beverly Beuermann-King's tips to beat the Monday blahs. Follow them and well, surprise your boss next Monday!

Check out these articles too:
The Job Search Attitude
Positive Expectations
10 Tips to Moving Towards Career Freedom
How to fall in love with your job all over again

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