Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Planning Your Day - From Motivation To Action To Hired

Last week we shared with you 5 sites to get you motivated - no matter if you are looking for a job or looking to make a career change. We are continuing to help shape your beliefs, thoughts and emotions as you continue on the job search.

Today, I shot a video that walks through a productive and positive day while looking for a job. It runs about 7 minutes long and should really help you coordinate a successful day.

Your Day As A Job Seeker - From Motivation To Action

As noted in the above video, the 5 steps in your daily job seeking routine may look something like this:

Get Positive and Get Motivated
In the first phase of your day you need to condition your brain with positive reinforcements. This can come from eating a healthy breakfast, going for a light jog or walk or listening to motivational messages. The idea is to break the habits of getting your brain conditioned to the negativity that surrounds talk radio, the news and newspapers.

Freeing your mind from negativity and getting it warmed up with positive beliefs, thoughts and emotions will carry over to your entire day.

Get After the Jobs
As soon as your brain is warmed up, go attack the job market. We have stated many times that many jobs posted on job boards have a great number of applicants in the first 24-48 hours after a job posting goes live. If you attack the jobs in the beginning of the day, you are getting to the jobs first and will be more likely to have your information viewed by recruiters.

Be sure to have your resume and all sources ready to go so that you are not being distracted by making corrections or looking for information.

Build Your Personal Brand
You know that I am a big proponent of personal brands and there is no better time than while you are looking for a job to do so. Right after you apply to jobs your brain is fresh and excited with anticipation. Now is the time to write compelling blog posts, make connections on LinkedIn and Twitter and start connecting with other thought leaders.

Learn more about personal brands here.

Get Outside
The Internet is great, I live on the thing practically every waking hour of the day, BUT, you need to see the outside world and start connecting with people everyday. As mentioned in the video start looking for local meetups, groups and associations that have like minded professionals.

You can also bring the laptop to your local Starbucks, Panera Bread or coffee shop. The idea is to start networking and get you conditioned to speaking with people. The fresh air doesn't hurt either.

End Productive and Positive
As you wind down your day there are several things you can do. The first is to reflect and build on what you were able to accomplish today. Winning battles everyday will help you win the war.

The next step is to plan the following day. Are there new contacts you need to follow up with? Are there new blog post topics floating in your head? Go ahead and use something like Remember The Milk to create your important tasks for the next day.

The last part of the equation is to end positive. Again don't get sucked into negative thoughts and emotions by wathcing the news or talking about bad situations. Read a book - anything from leadership to personal development will suffice. The goal is to keep your brain full of positive energy. Your body will thank you in the morning.

So what do you think of these steps in your day? Are you doing these now? Has anything helped you get through your day as a job seeker?

Tell us below in the comments.



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