Whether by choice or as a result of corporate "right-sizing," many of us
in the coming months may be looking for another job. If you find yourself in
this stressful situation, get a copy of a new book, Finding Work Without Losing Heart (Adams Media Corp.). Written by William Byron, S.J., a Georgetown University management professor, the book draws anecdotes and advice from the job-hunting experiences of 150 professionals.
Of particular interest is a section describing the major elements of what the author sees as a solid job campaign:
Attitude. A positive outlook is essential. It is a time to grow, try new things, meet stimulating people--and smell the roses.
Active lifestyle. Don't sit at home waiting for the phone to ring or the mailman to come. Get out of the house everyday, not just to pursue the job search but for volunteer work, recreation, or other activities.
Beyond these strategies, Rev. Byron emphasizes a central truth that some of us forget: Your job is not you. He adds that those who have the toughest time coping during a job search tend to be people who have lost a sense of balance in life by letting the job define their self image.