Sunday, October 21, 2012

Staying Positive While Looking For Work

If the name of this post, "Staying Positive While Looking For Work" is beginning to feel like a deja vu, there's a logical explanation.  On October 17th, I participated in a lively discussion with Susan Lager (renowned psychotherapist and relationship coach) on her blog talk radio show, The Couplespeak Relationship Forum.

As a career coach, my clients tell me the most difficult part of being out of work or in career transition is managing their feelings of worry, insecurity, and isolation.  For some, staying positive is easier than others.  Being the worrywart that I am, I   work overtime to stay positive.  It takes effort and mindfulness but it certainly can be done.  When negative thoughts start to control me, I take time out to meditate.  That's what helps me. Doing what's necessary to get to a more positive state of mind is different for everyone.  Whatever works for you, GO FOR IT!!

In the broadcast, Susan and I talked about accountability, setting goals, good self care, acceptance, self-affirming rituals, networking, and surrounding oneself with positive people as some great psychological tools and specific things job seekers can do to manage the job seeking/career transition effectively.  We also discussed how to avoid self-sabotaging behavior like being unprepared for an interview and how inappropriateness is the best way to shoot yourself in the foot.

If you're a current job seeker or in career transition and are struggling to maintain a positive image and attitude but couldn't listen to the live show, go to to catch the recorded show at your convenience.  I can also be reached at if you'd like to learn about  my programs that can help you get on the right track to landing your ideal job.

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
~ Winston Churchill

"Good Night, And Good Luck"

Laura Rivchun

PS - Did I mention you can log on to lager to listen to the entire October 17th Couplespeak Relationship Forum blog talk radio show, "Staying Positive While Looking For Work" with Susan Lager and Laura Rivchun?  I did?  Maybe Susan and I should have named the show, "How To Sharpen Your Memory While Looking For Work."

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