Unemployed Must Stay Positive in 2008, According to NCBI

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For those who are unemployed, keeping a hopeful and positive attitude can be essential to finding new employment, according to Alan Edwards, chairman of NCBI, leading Dallas-based personal career marketing firm.

For those who are unemployed, keeping a hopeful and positive attitude can be essential to finding new employment, according to Alan Edwards, chairman of NCBI, leading Dallas-based personal career marketing firm.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 32.1 percent of the nation's unemployed have been out of work more than 15 weeks and 17.5 percent have been on the market for over half a year.

Hopelessness and frustration become a spiral downward, becoming a block for many who are job hunting, according to NCBI. Many prospective clients come to us blaming uncontrollable factors, like the economy or even age. Clearly they must reevaluate their approach to their job search.

To counterbalance this sense of failure many job seekers focus on the reasons they can not get a job, rather than developing a plan and strategy to transition them back to work.

Fear of failure also drives people to ineffective job search techniques. Many withdraw to the privacy of their homes to surf on-line job sites for hours each day. Developing their personal network is a better use of their time as this method can help them find a new position faster.

Here are some tips that NCBI uses to keep unemployed clients hopeful:

Keep regular business hours -- Treat your job search like a full time job. Awake each morning with a purpose, this helps keep your search on course and your attitude more positive.

Follow a definitive search plan -- Allocate your time so the majority is spent networking with potential decision makers. Most of the better positions are found this way.

Be true to what you really want to do -- Saying you will do anything is a desperate and unfocused way to present yourself. This will make prospective employers cautious.

Avoid blaming others -- Taking responsibility for your own career is empowering and provides real motivation to keep going.

Dress professionally during the work day -- You will look and feel more confident, and be prepared for fast-breaking opportunities.

Keep smiling, especially during phone calls -- This old fashioned advice energizes your voice and changes the way you are perceived by those at the other end of the phone.

Seek professional help -- If you find yourself unable to get results and repeating unsuccessful tactics, meet with a personal career marketing advisor who can provide objective input.

NCBI is a regionally based personal career marketing firm specializing in the DFW Metroplex, North Texas, and regional Texas market.

http://www.ncbijobs.com

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