Times Staff Writer
More and more Americans are being affected by a malady that Dr. Randall Hansen calls the "Job Market Blues." Hansen, a nationally recognized career and job-search expert and founder of Quintessential Careers (Quint Careers.com), says that "job-seekers can employ five strategies for staying upbeat and fighting the blues in a weak job market." Here are his suggestions:
1. Keep a positive focus
"While it can be extremely difficult to do, job-seekers must show confidence and a positive attitude when job-hunting," Hansen says.
2. Surround yourself with support
"Too many job-seekers keep the pressure bottled up inside, adding further stress. Instead, job-seekers should seek the support of family and friends — some of whom may even be able to offer job leads," Hansen says.
3. Don't be discouraged by what you hear or read
"With all the bad economic news that abounds, it's easy to get caught up in the negativity," Hansen says, suggesting that job-seekers focus on positive aspects, such as programs that offer free job advice and retraining.
4. Have a long-term focus, but short-term goals
"Job-seekers who have the most success in finding a new job are those who set daily job-search goals, such as tracking down job leads, applying for jobs, making new network contacts or going on job interviews."
5. Remember that everything counts
"The job-seeker who gets hired is not always the most qualified but the one who made the best job-hunting effort," Hansen says, adding that job-seekers should perfect all aspects of job-hunting, including finding job leads, developing strong resumes and cover letters, and polishing interviewing skills.