At the conclusion of my veteran transition workshop, I always share my three P’s for a Successful Job Search .
Positive attitude is what it takes. How many people enjoy being around Debbie Downers? Not me! I’d rather be a fountain, not a drain. Not only is a positive attitude important with your job search, but also important in the workplace after you land the job.
Proactive approach will help you get there faster. If you aren’t working, then you should be spending 40+ hours per week with your job search, and that doesn’t mean 40+ hours online submitting resumes. It means being proactive in building your professional network, conducting informational interviews, researching companies and organizations, attending job fairs and other networking events, and following up on all leads.
Patient with the process. Ever heard the saying “haste makes waste”? Don’t rush through the process. Be patient and allow yourself time. It is a process, and it is a learning process. Along the way you will learn what’s working, what’s not, and how you may need to adjust your search.
From my own experience, and from witnessing others who have had a successful job search, I believe in being Positive, Proactive and Patient and it will happen “all in good time.” This quote is framed and has been on my desk for many years.