Searching for a new job can be one of the most challenging and emotional experiences of your life. If you’re employed and ready to advance within your organization, it takes the right mindset to get promoted. By following these five CRAVE steps, based on my CRAVE Your Goals! professional development program, you’ll have a competitive edge to not only land that next career opportunity but the one that’s right for you.
- Clean Out the Clutter.
New opportunities and helpful people can’t reach you if physical, technical and emotional clutter is blocking the way. When you clear out the clutter (paperwork and old emails, as well as forgiving your last employer for letting you go), you have the clarity and energy you need to focus on what matters most. Commit to clean out an area of clutter every day.
- Raise Your Energy.
Looking for a job can be frustrating and often creates fear and doubt. That leads to a negative attitude and can drain our energy. Energy attracts like energy—just like a magnet. When we feel good, are taking good care of ourselves, and feel appreciated, our energy is high, positive and constructive, and we will attract people and circumstances that are at that same healthy level. Conversely, when we are burned out and stressed out, when we’re not taking good care of ourselves, and we don’t feel appreciated, we’ll be at a low, dark, destructive level. To keep your energy high, commit to eat healthy, exercise, associate with positive people, spend time in nature, enjoy a hobby, and practice random and not-so-random acts of kindness.
- Affirm Success.
Studies show we talk to ourselves at least 10,000 times a day and 80 percent of that talk tends to be negative. Be aware of what you’re saying to yourself when you wake each morning, before making phone calls, at networking events and as you prepare for interviews. Keep it positive, in the present and brief. Consider using affirmations like these: “I attract ideal job opportunities today.” “I am guided to make smart job search choices.” “I have all the skills and abilities to be a valuable asset to this company.” “I am the greatest (fill in your profession)!” Write your affirmations down, post them, and say them with a smile. When appropriate, share them with others.
- Visualize Your Next Opportunity.
Every top athlete has harnessed the power of visualization. The runner sees herself breaking through the tape at the end of the race and the golfer sees the hole in one. What can you visualize about your search for a new job or promotion? Perhaps it’s making the best impression during an interview. Or, you might visualize yourself working at your ideal job. A picture is worth a thousand words but it takes more than just seeing to get the results. Visualization is a three-step, repetitive process that connects you with your subconscious mind. To give it the power you need to succeed, engage all your senses. And, infuse it with the positive emotions you would feel as if this was a reality—like happiness, pride and maybe even relief. Commit to seeing your goals as “real” and they soon will be. Consider creating a vision board to accelerate the visualization process.
- Express Thanks.
What you focus on expands and what you appreciate appreciates. Though your main focus may be that you don’t have a job or the position you really want, there are many other very positive things you do have. A few nights a week, write in a gratitude journal. Include the typical list of your good health, family, friends, skills and experience. Commit to include at least one original entry each time, like you scheduled two promising interviews or received an outstanding performance review. By being aware of what’s going right, you increase the flow of more good things. Writing in your journal at night will also help you sleep well and be at your best the next day. Remember to take the time to thank those who support you on this journey.
Whether you’re looking for a job or promotion, or choose to excel at the job you have, these five strategies will support your success.