By Sunny Simon

     Although we are moving into a very hot job market, downsizing actions and buy-outs still occur leaving employees out of a job during the holiday season. Job loss and the need to find new employment conjures up emotions such as sadness and fear. Although the timing might truly suck, there are many reasons to embrace the process and make your job search enjoyable. Follow along as I share the good news.

     As a starting point, new jobs are being created. Companies have been busy reinventing themselves and need top-notch performers to assure a profitable future. That’s where you come in. Don’t panic. Take time to thoroughly investigate opportunities. Find a company that will leverage your career strengths and be delighted to have you join their team.

     View your job search as an opportunity to reconnect with former colleagues and meet new contacts.  Since networking is responsible for how 80% of jobs are filled, you will be spending much of your time reconnecting with former colleagues who will be happy to hear from you. Moreover, your network expands when your contacts introduce you to their contacts. Making connections leads to your next career chapter.

     Take stock of your many achievements.  When you were busy at your last job, you didn’t have time to realize the many accomplishments you’ve racked up, or note the success you achieved. As you document those accomplishments in your resume, congratulate yourself for expanding your skill set and enhancing your knowledge base.       

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     Think about how your job search is a welcomed venue for communicating the outstanding work you are capable of doing and the value you bring to a future employer.

     There is something to be said for being in transition. As you embark on a search, chart your own course. Have you been thinking about relocating? Now is the time. Ready to move up the ladder or emphasize one area of your expertise over another? Now is the time. Want to be self-employed? Now is the time to research options and assure your career destination matches your desired goals.

     Nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Put a solid effort into finding that ideal new job and experience professional growth. When the fruit you most desire is on the far end of the branch – reach for it! In doing so, you’ll reap the rewards of the job search you previously bah humbugged. In addition, you’ll develop a stronger character and realize you have reason for much optimism and hope. Sunny Simon is the owner of Raise the Bar High Life and Career Coaching. More about Sunny at www.raisethebarhigh.com