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Discouragement can sabotage the job search. When doors keep getting closed, we can begin doubting ourselves and give up. This is one of the reasons why economists state that the unemployment rate is really around 16% instead of near 10%. They get discouraged and stop looking for work, so they're no longer counted among the unemployed. People often fail to recognize opportunities that are out there for them. Discouragement further affects the job search process.

If you are discouraged, you may not consider applying for a job or entering a career field because of a lack of self-confidence. Or during an interview, your body language or tone of voice can cost you the job by conveying negativity.

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As the country slogs on and begins to recover from the current recession, focus is on whether things will return to the way they used to be. Early signs indicateĀ that they will not. As a part of cutbacks, companies have pared back contributions to employee retirement plans and other benefits. Employee contributions continue to rise, and pay raises will not be particularly large either.

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One of the examples in Seth's blog that resounded with me referred to job risk. Seth says "Apparent risk is what keeps someone working at a big company, even if it's doing layoffs. It feels safer to stay there than to do the (apparently) insanely risky thing and start a new venture." I have been saying similar things for years to my coworkers in the corporate world.

When I worked at an avionics firm years ago, many engineers complained about the hours they were being required to work, and others perceived inequities while the industry was going through a downturn. It was far easier to pitch a fit than make a change. I noticed a few who decided to do something about it and jumped over to a financial services firm a few miles away. They took an apparently risky choice to move to an industry that was somewhat unfamiliar to them while those who stayed were taking an actual risk that their job would still be there at the end of the day.

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This week I conducted a personalized job search workshop at the West Cabarrus YMCA in Concord, NC. The turnout was lower than I would have preferred, but it provided the opportunity to provide the attendees even greater value for the investment they made, and I was able to do things that I likely couldn't have in a larger group. The attendees ranged from college age to middle-age, but they all have one particular traitĀ in common - sanity. Why do I say that? Because they were willing to take the time and invest a small amount of money to try a different method in their job search.

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That was the gist of my conversation with a local morning news producer recently. About a week and a half ago, I sent her some information about the upcoming job-search workshop in the Charlotte area and explained how it would be different from any other workshop. She called me back to express her interest in what we're doing and to set up a time to bring me on their show to talk about it.

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Looking for a job these days is more difficult than it has been in decades. Job searches are taking longer than ever before. Losing a job and being out of work for an extended period of time can lead to anger, resentment, guilt, and certainly depression. These feelings, in turn, can sabotage your job search, extending it even longer. So, I'm suggesting that you take these five tips and apply them while you are looking:

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This last week, I was able to catch up with a long-time friend and talk about his situation. In our initial contact email, one of the things he mentioned is a manager who is "a piece of work." This is not an infrequent occurrence in the corporate work environment at all.

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This past weekend, my youngest daughter Melissa traveled with me to visit our friends Steve and Jody a little ways outside Washington, DC. It was a wonderful time to be visiting with another couple pursuing the dream of becoming solopreneurs and taking charge of our lives. Steve and Jody have a plan in place to get their business of 90 Revolutions up and running. With this company, Steve will be pursuing his passion of working with athletes to "train without pain." I totally love Steve's passion and was very inspired by our visit.

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With the Internet and Web 2.0 coming of age, there are new job search strategies available for the job seeker. There is not enough data available to determine the effectiveness of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networking sites, but we do know about other more traditional strategies.

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The job market today is more competitive than ever for the job seeker. There are things you should be doing to help yourself become more competitive if you are looking for a job. You can bypass other job seekers who have more education or work experience when you know how to do an effective job search. The major difference between successful and unsuccessful job-hunters is not skill, education, age, or ability, but the way they go about their job hunt.

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