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More about keeping your chin up, job-search-style.

Does this scene look all-too familiar?

Here’s a couple more tips on how to keep motivation levels stable and to stay inspired.

Don’t do it alone! Adopt a role model and a mentor.

So, your friends are either busy working or, just like you, they’re scrambling to brand themselves better than everyone else. Unemployment and job-searching can be a really lonely and resentful place! That’s when Randy Pausch is always there for me. I’ve posted many of his phenomenal self-actualization advice on my bulletin board. Pausch’s famous last lecture, “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, talks about how to get where you want to be, both personally and professionally.

If his lecture doesn’t get you feeling warm and fuzzy about your job-search efforts, then you’ll need some more hands-on help. Randy Pausch said it best: “Stand close to your role models”. Make sure to make time for people who inspire you. You’ll be surprised to find a number of inspiring potential mentors within arm’s reach on LinkedIn or within your personal network. Have a coffee with a mentor, chat about career beginnings, and take home a doggie-bag of insights and inspiration. Remember that everyone working in the field had to experience what you are in terms of career orientation, so don’t be shy to ask for advice and take their lessons to heart.

The SQPRP even has a mentorship program specifically for its young professional members. The program matches students or graduates like you and I with professionals already working in the PR field. Read about it here for more details!

Keeping a good attitude and a positive outlook will without a doubt pay immense dividends on a personal and professional level. Companies want to hire candidates who are curious, passionate, and self-motivated within their profession. So, go on and get inspired!

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Is the job search getting to you? Tips to keep your chin up.

So, you’re registered on an endless number of employment websites and your C.V. and cover letters are seasoned with a “ready and willing” attitude. You can even confidently recite your personal and professional skill-set in a thirty second elevator speech and you keep up with new job offers every day, even on weekends. Great! … so where are the results?

Despite being able to recognize that searching, applying, waiting, and following up will eventually produce results, the whole job-hunting process can be difficult on the spirit for result-oriented students and professionals alike.

The hardest part about job searching is to keep smiling and taking care of business in the day-by-day. The easiest piece of advice to give, and not necessarily to live, is “don’t despair!”. Having the willingness to keep job hunting with a good attitude is not a given thing; just like the job-search itself, staying motivated and keeping a good attitude about it takes hard work. It means staying inspired by what you’re doing and what you’re aiming for.

Read and Reap Benefits.

There’s nothing better for boosting the job-search morale than a good dose of inspiration. I’ve recently started subscribing to e-newsletters and religiously reading PR blogs like Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation. Resources like this are a great place to get the latest word on everything job-related, including interviewing, personal branding, and some social media tools that help pad the professional portfolio. Most importantly, learning something new related to job-searching and how to sell myself better as a candidate always gets my job-juices flowing again.

More about staying inspired in my upcoming entries!

In the meantime, tell me, what helps you keep your chin up in the job-hunt? Leave a comment!

News on career March 20 workshop

McGill PR alumni will be in classrooms this week with information on how to sign up for the Career Workshop they are organizing in Saturday, March 20. Places are limited and there’s a draw for the 50 available places, so make sure you sign up soon to have a chance to attend.  Click on the page at right labelled, “Alumni Career Workshop”.

Loads of great internal communication ideas

Finally, a free report from IABC for its members!  It’s called “Preparing Messages for Information Overload Environments”.  It’s full of tested, effective visualization methods (memo formats, charts, graphs, posters, slides, etc.) that will help get attention, drive ideas home, and — the ultimate goal — get things done.  You’ll need to log in with your membership number. 

Short, sharp advice on news release writing

Came across this on PROpenMic — a growing platform for students and instructors that I’ve told most of my students about. A quick course in writing news releases from a newspaper editor – one that could replace half a lecture by one of us: http://www.propenmic.org/profiles/blogs/if-newspaper-editors-taught

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