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Being Thankful in Your Job Search

This post was written by our resident Career Coach, Elissa Harris. To sign up for a free 30-minute career consultation with Elissa, please click here.

As candidates navigate the job search, it is often easy for them to get frustrated and focus on what is not going right. However, there are many things candidates can be thankful for and many ways to demonstrate their thankfulness during a job search. 

How to Be Thankful

  • Relish the opportunity to learn new things and meet new people in an area of interest to you. Not everybody you encounter will be able to help you with your job search goals, but expanding your network and knowledge base is valuable regardless.
  • Realize the value of networking to confirm your interest in your target job. Networking offers the chance to learn more about the role/company as well as lessons on being successful in the job before you join the organization.
  • Appreciate your increased level of comfort in talking about yourself in a concise and compelling way as a result of your job search activities.
  • Recognize that you are building valuable experience by interacting with senior leaders while getting one step closer to a new job. 
  • Understand that you are building resiliency and adaptability as well as job search savviness and important marketplace information whenever you receive critical feedback or encounter a setback or rejection. 

How to Demonstrate Your Thankfulness

  • Send follow-up emails to thank your contacts for their time and insights or to update them on your progress.
  • Offer to make introductions. Think about how you can help your contacts by connecting them with somebody else in your network. 
  • Refer others to new job opportunities, or share job opportunities with your LinkedIn network. 
  • Take the call and share your wisdom with an alum from your undergrad institution or someone who worked at one of your previous employers.

Looking for a new job requires a lot of hard work, patience, and resilience, so we encourage you to reframe your mindset. Find joy in the “silver linings” by keeping a journal of all the positive things that are happening in your search. Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! 

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