Just do it.
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Looking for work is, well, hard work.
This is especially true if you are currently unemployed or fresh out of school. The lack of a paycheck makes everything more stressful. The whole process can be daunting. You need to target your resume, keep your LinkedIn profile updated, network, apply for jobs, practice interviewing, apply some more and on it goes.
After a few weeks, it is easy to develop a pretty poor attitude about the whole job hunt. But complaining about it won’t get you that job.
You know what will?
Without question, the most important thing about looking for work is hustle. “Stop complaining and hustle” is the answer to just about any job-seeking woe you may come across.
This is a required part of your mental preparation, because in fact without it, you won’t get very far in your search. It is an overruling attitude that will work for a whole host of situations.
Use it as your ultimate job hunting mantra:
- When you’ve stayed up too late watching Steve McQueen reruns and want to sleep in – stop complaining and hustle!
- When you’ve been job hunting for weeks without an interview and you’re about ready to give up – stop complaining and hustle!
- When a job lead goes south – stop complaining and hustle!
- When you’ve rewritten your resume for the tenth time without results – stop complaining and hustle!
- When the recruiter that contacted you on LinkedIn turns out to be useless – stop complaining and hustle!
You get the idea.
If you want to succeed in your job search, you need to hustle. There is simply no way around it.
So what exactly does hustle look like?
Hustle is when you treat the job search like a full time job. Yes, that means you put in a full day of work, 5 days a week.
Hustle is rewriting your resume for every single opening you apply for so that each employer gets a uniquely targeted document.
Hustle is spending a minimum of one hour a day on LinkedIn engaging in groups and proactively networking within your industry.
Hustle is doing the work until your landing the job. Period.
So stop complaining. It won’t get you where you want to be.
About the Author
Steve P. Brady is a teacher, executive resume writer and career consultant who specializes in helping educators and professionals grow their careers. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_p_Brady. His blog is quality-resumes.com.
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