- Freshen Your Image. Another phrase that is overstated but contains a lot of wisdom is “image is everything.” Look in the mirror. Is your hair neatly cut in a current style, are you well-groomed with trimmed fingernails, white teeth and fresh breath? Is your posture straight with square shoulders? Is your clothing good quality with a proper fit? Are your shoes freshly shined? Do you carry a leather briefcase and hand out professionally produced resumes and business cards? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” do what it takes to change it to “yes,” pronto! Employers will decide whether or not they want to hire you within the first 30 seconds of the interview. Everything else will get you the interview, but the image you present as soon as you walk in the office will be the determining factor in whether you get the job.
- Freshen Your Health. Unemployment can be spiritually crushing. It can decimate your physical and mental well-being. Don’t let it. If you are not operating from a place of health, you will not have the intense energy, focus and vigor needed to support the fresh search for meaningful employment. Make sure you go to bed and wake up at a reasonable hour, exercise daily, avoid tobacco and narcotics and if you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Also eat well and stay mentally stimulated. Read a book instead of watching TV or surfing the Internet. Unemployment can lead to potentially stultifying “down time,” don’t let it get you down!
- Freshen Your Approach. It’s hard to see and hear yourself as others see and hear you, and it’s very rare to get honest feedback on your interview performance from a prospective employer. Therefore, it’s up to you to freshen your interview performance. Conduct a mock interview with yourself, dressing up as you would for a job interview, entering a room and sitting down as you would in an interview, and then answering a series of commonly asked questions. Use any one of the numerous digital devices that lets you make a video of yourself these days, and critically watch the results. Also have a trusted friend or professional contact conduct a mock interview and then give you honest, constructive feedback. An acquaintance who has your best interests at heart may be a better choice than a friend, who might be inclined to “spare your feelings.”
6.5 Freshen Your Outlook. Above all, stay positive in your day-to-day outlook. Looking for a job is tough and dispiriting work, and even the most determined job-seeker will have bad days where they may not follow all the fresh steps. But by making the effort to keep a fresh outlook, you will survive the occasional bad day and stay on track to end unemployment and find the job of your dreams.