Searching for a new job can be overwhelming. At some point, we’ve all had to do it because of good or bad circumstances, and not knowing what the future holds is difficult. Although you might want to let out a major groan at the prospect of going through the trouble, the best way to succeed is to change your thinking and strategy. Delete the word “hassle” from your outlook on job searching and instead focus on the opportunity, and don’t assume all aspects have to be hard. Here are a few ways to infuse more enthusiasm into your search and work smarter, not harder.

Stay Positive

It’s easy to let a negative mindset defeat a positive mindset when you’re looking for a new job. Maybe you’re starting to question your decision just because the job hunt has challenges. Well, everything we do has it’s ups and downs. A down just means an up is close by.

No one said looking for a new job was going to be easy, but with a positive attitude, it’s less stressful and fun. Don’t give up and don’t look back. Think positive. You want to move on for a reason. Once you get into a new situation, you’ll be so glad you made that change.

 

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Focus on Skill-Building 

Freshening up your professional skills and knowledge base is reinvigorating and very helpful. Signing up for some continuing education courses or certification programs, reading books or articles, joining an association, or looking for in-person meetups or events, can remind you why you love working in eye care and bulk up your resume . If you are an Ophthalmic Tech, look to ATPO and JCAHPO to update your certifications or learn a new skill. Both ATPO and JCAHPO offer amazing resources on their websites such as distance education classes, and tools such as CDs, study material, and refinement modules.

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For those in Optometry and Optical, take a look through our eye care partners. Industry publications, especially Review of Optometry, Review of Optometric Business, Vision Monday, 20/20 Magazine, Women in Optometry, and Vision Expo (check out their Vision Voice newsletter)have tons of resources and information  on their websites.

Don’t be afraid to ask a mentor or a former teacher where to go to learn. Your job search is probably confidential at your current company, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share what you’re looking for with your personal network. Asking for help is the best way to get it.

Use Technology Smartly

Use online job searching tools that are eye care specific and alert you to new jobs. This way you’ll spend less time sorting through jobs that are not right for you. The more you see opportunities that are the right fit, the more you can dream about the future and feel optimistic about your next steps.

Subscribing to Local Eye Site Job Alerts will populate jobs in your inbox where you can review them conveniently and discreetly at the moment the job is announced. We offer a free subscription for job alerts through our website and have thousands of jobs posted on our website.

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Keep Up the Momentum 

Be critical about how you spend your downtime. Is it spent worrying about the future or feeling bad about the past? Prevent negative thoughts by keeping busy and staying productive to encourage more positive personal growth. It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of looking for a new job and forget to make personal time.

When you’re on break from your current job and your job search, be sure to take care of your emotional, physical, and social health. Go to the gym, meditate, do yoga, call up a friend for dinner or drinks, cook a nice meal, or go for a long walk. It’s important to not let the job search take over your life and hide your happiness. Everything is going to work out!

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