Most individuals involved in a job search are not sales professionals, which is why the process is usually “uncomfortable.” A job search requires you to “sell” your experience and skills to a future employer.

If you are NOT currently employed, your FULL-TIME job is your job search. You need to spend 40 hours a week working on your search. If you ARE currently employed, but seeking a job change, you need to dedicate at least 10 hours every week to your search. You need to become PROACTIVE and make things happen versus being REACTIVE and waiting for things to happen to you.

To paraphrase Henry Ford: Whether you think you WILL succeed or whether you think you WON’T succeed – you’re RIGHT! What you think becomes your reality. What your mind can conceive and believe your body will achieve.

Envision yourself already working IN a job that would make you happy. Write down the following:

  • What type of job are you doing?
  • What are the functions of your job?
  • What salary are you earning?
  • What is your environment?
  • What type of boss do you have?
  • What are your advancement possibilities?
  • What do you hear?
  • What do you smell?

Write down the type of opportunity that would make you happy and read it several times each day, picturing yourself doing the job.

Start adopting a positive attitude today and expect the best out of your search efforts. Don’t dwell on what you have experienced to date. You can’t change what has happened in the past, you can’t change what you’ve done so far today, but you CAN CHANGE what you do from this moment forward. Your attitude will have a tremendous impact on the results you achieve during your job search!


Rick Christensen

Rick Christensen: Director, Career Transition Practice Rick has been a career consultant for over 25 years, serving a very broad-based and diverse clientele. His specialties include effective group facilitation, one-on-one coaching and consultation at all levels including senior executives.

Rick’s passion is coaching individuals through career transitions, developing career management strategies and in identifying and sharpening competencies to open doors to new opportunities. His efforts have assisted thousands of individuals achieve their full potential.

Contact Rick at: Rick@CareerDevelopmentPartners.com


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