By Veronica Mackey
“As you sit thinking, ‘If only I could find a job,’ some employer is, at that very moment thinking,
‘if only we could find the right person for this position…’”
–Eric Butterworth, Spiritual Economics
Uncovering Job Sabotages
If you’re still struggling to find a decent-paying job, the problem may not be with the economy.
The New York Times said the job market, “according to Labor Department figures released in recent months, appears to be at its healthiest point since the boom of the late 1990s.” The problem may lie within you.
We’re bombarded daily by negative reports. For example, you may read in the newspaper that unemployment is highest among black people, women or people over 50. If you fall into any of these categories (or worse, all of them), you’ll soon be thinking, “It’s going to take me forever to find a job because I’m black, a woman, and over 50.”
While competition in the job market is real, you have real power inside of you right now to get the job you want and deserve. Here are ways to tap into your inner self and uncover sabotages that may be holding you back:
Before we can begin to talk about finding a good job, we need to overcome two major culprits: time and money. So many job seekers take the first thing that comes along because they need the money. If you’re broke and unemployed, money is everything. You want to, need to, must go to work. Or do you? Take an hour or so to review you finances before you answer this question.
There are some major things you can and should do now that will buy the time necessary to find the job you want.
First, gather up your assets. How much money do you have in the bank? Are you eligible for unemployment compensation? Do you have investments? Will you be getting severance pay?
If you have a side job or business, now is the time to put in more effort to increase your sales.
Next, put together a bare bones budget that covers survival needs only—rent or mortgage, phone, utilities, car note and food. Right now, the name of the game is keeping a roof over your head, food on the table, electricity on and a car in your garage. Work with creditors to reduce your credit cards payments temporarily. If you have to let extra bills go for now, do it. Don’t worry about your credit rating. You can fix that later.
Next, figure out how to reduce your expenses. Do you need to shop at a less expensive grocery store? Can you cut back on entertainment? I gave up cable TV for Roku, a streaming device that provides hundreds of channels. I picked it up for about $80 at Best Buy. No monthly payments, except the $10 a month I pay for Netflix.
You may have to swap out cable TV for health or life insurance previously provided by your employer. Do not skip this coverage. See what is available online. The price will most likely beat what your employer may be offering you. When I lost my job, I paid $200 a month under an extended health insurance plan. Then I got smart. I was a healthy woman who maybe saw a doctor 2-3 times a year, mainly for preventive care. I found a comparable plan for $70 a month.
Flip the script
Most people approach job finding the wrong way. They think they must do everything necessary to win approval of employers. Hogwash! The truth is, employers need you as much as you need them. Why else would they spend so much time and money trying to find you?
When you set out to find work, don’t approach the job search from the stand point of need. Use a positive mindset such as, “I don’t need a job. I have talent to express, value to give.” This mindset will bring confidence to the job interview. The next time you interview, imagine that you are a hot celebrity, the “it” girl or guy, the flavor of the month. The interviewer wants to know all about you. You are not begging for a job. You are the star in the spotlight. Go ahead and shine!
One thing will hold you back from success indefinitely—harboring resentment against past employers. Because we live in a world of cause and effect, we get back what we send out. If you’re holding on to anger about being unemployed, this anger will backfire. Prospective employers pick up on this energy—even if you never mention your old boss—and it turns them off.
The cost of resentment is too high. It is essential to forgive anyone and everyone that you feel treated you unfairly. You may feel responsible for being fired or let go. Just learn from that experience, move on and forgive yourself.
You may not want to forgive, or even know how. But if you’ll consistently practice the following affirmation, you will gradually release negative emotions and attract your right position in life. No one can keep your success from you except you.
I cast all resentment, guilt and anger on the God within me and I go free. His unconditional love floods my mind with new hope and joy. I no longer think of myself as unemployed, but “ready for work.” I give thanks now for multiple offers, and the wisdom to make the right decision.
Act as if
You need to act as if you have a job—even when there isn’t the slightest sign of a job in sight.
Do what you would ordinarily do if you already had a job. Get up early. Pack a lunch. Dress professionally even if you’re only going to the computer in your living room. The point is to convince your subconscious mind that there is a job waiting for you; to change your mindset from being unemployed to being ready for work.
I gave this advice to my cousin. He followed it to the letter and got an amazing job within 2 weeks. Your results may take longer, but once you change your mindset, the job offers will start coming in. Your subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is real or imagined. Give it the orders you want and watch it go to work for you.
“Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” –Hebrews 11:1