You open your eyes. No way can you look for work again, at least not today. Still in bed, you wonder if you will ever be able to get a job. After all, you don't even want to try. Not any more. Not after all that rejection.
But, you have to keep looking. Here are the 6 must-dos to restart that fire in your belly to compete, strut your stuff, stand out.
Take an audit of the whole process, extending from where you are finding leads to how you are pitching yourself in cover letters.
Often just changing one or two parts of that gives your search a new momentum.
For example, you may be restricting yourself to searching only for full-time jobs on Careerbuilders. That's too narrow. Open yourself to interim work. Click on Upwork, register and bid for contract assignments. Also, go to Manpower in you city and have a consultation about which of your skills are marketable for temp jobs.
Read a few cover letters out loud. Is the tone enthusiastic? Does the content highlight what results you can get for the employer. No, you shouldn't just be presenting a laundry list of skills. What catches the employer's eye is your track record of outcomes for other employers.
Look in the mirror. What can you do to appear more attractive, energetic and successful?
You may feel proud that you have accepted your age and allowed the gray to stay. That, though, may be sending the wrong message. Not only are employers on interviews perceiving you as "old." They may be puzzled why you have not put in more effort to present a youthful image.
A regular program of exercise could improve how you fit in your suit. And make you come across as more energetic.
Learn a new skill for your resume. It could be through a free course in Excel, taught at the public library. It could be blogging using WordPress which you learn from a book or articles on the Internet. That will not only increase your confidence. It should also make you more marketable.
Develop interests other than the need for work. There is that old saying: A watched pot never boils. If you are focused on other things in addition to a job hunt, the ups and downs won't set in play an emotional roller-coaster.
Stop the self-blame. Verbally spanking yourself for being unemployed doesn't help. If it did, there would be no jobless in America. Thanks to capitalism we tend to be a nation very hard on ourselves.
Instead, talk to yourself as a gentle, caring therapist, minister or parent would. Suggest to yourself what fresh approaches you could be trying out on your search. Maybe attending that resume clinic at the office of aging could be useful. Tell yourself you won't know that unless you try it out.
And, dare to consider a major shift. Is the New York Metro area too glutted with talent for you to land something good? How about calling your sister in North Carolina and finding out the job situation there? Also, the cost of living is probably lower. You could apply for and accept jobs which don't pay as much.
Tomorrow morning when you open your eyes, you will visualize opportunity.