I highly recommend my clients take a strengths assessment to understand and articulate the unique talents they bring to any organization. My favorites are StrengthsFinder and ViaSurvey.
A professional networking group is a way to share challenges, successes and connections. All great ways to feel supported in your job search.
Feeling passionate about a new hobby, interested in reading a book related to your field, or taking a skill to the next level? Learning something new not only stimulates neurons in your brain, it also gives you something to talk about when you’re asked, “so how have you been spending your time while being unemployed.” LinkedIn Learning and Udemy are great platforms for online courses.
With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
– Dalai Lama
How to Shift your mindset about networking in your job search using positive psychology.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living” (Peterson, 2008).
To push this brief description a bit further, positive psychology is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people up to “great” instead of focusing solely on moving those who are struggling up to “normal” (Peterson, 2008).
I often hear the comment “I’m nervous about putting myself out there, or networking makes me uncomfortable.” Feeling that way is common, especially when you may feel vulnerable, or searching for a job.
I challenge my clients to shift their mindset in the networking approach. Instead of focusing on the “I need a job” aspect, focus on the curious part of what you’re seeking - Why do you want to talk to this person? Are you interested in the company’s product? Or the person’s role? Do you have something in common with them? Do the company’s values align with your own?
I encourage you to reframe your thoughts around networking and think of it as building a relationship that can help you determine your fit with a company.
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