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5 sure-fire ways to find your ideal job

Tuesday, March 25, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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By Tricia Molloy

Searching for a new job can be one of the most challenging and emotional experiences of your life. But when you capitalize on the power of your subconscious mind and use universal principles — like affirmations and gratitude — you will have the clarity, confidence and commitment you need to succeed.

By following these five strategies, you’ll gain a competitive edge to find a job that’s right for you.

1. Clean out the clutter. New opportunities and helpful people can’t reach you if physical and emotional clutter is in the way. The universe abhors a vacuum. When you clear out the clutter (old email and paperwork, resentment against your last employer for letting you go), you create space for new and better things.

2. Raise your energy level. Looking for a job often creates fear and doubt, and that can lead to negative energy. We vibrate at different levels at different times. We have different feelings, emotions and attitudes. Our energy attracts similar energy like a magnet. When we feel good and operate from a place of love and trust, we vibrate at a high level and attract people and circumstances at that same positive level.

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Increase and maintain positive vibration by taking care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, spend time with positive people, enjoy nature, find reasons to laugh, enjoy a hobby, and practice random (or not so random)acts of kindness.

3. Affirm success. Studies show we talk to ourselves about 10,000 times a day and 80 percent of that talk is negative. That’s because we’re programed to protect ourselves against worst-case scenarios. Be aware of what you’re saying to yourself when you wake each morning, before making phone calls, at networking events and as you prepare for interviews. Keep it positive, in the present and brief.

Consider using affirmations like these: "I attract ideal job opportunities today.” "I am guided to make smart job search choices.” "I have all the skills and abilities to be a valuable asset to this company.” "I am the greatest [fill in your profession].” Write your affirmations down, post them, say them with a smile and share them with others.

4. Visualize. Every top athlete has harnessed the power of visualization. The runner sees herself breaking through the tape at the end of the race; a golfer sees the hole in one.

What can you visualize about your job search? Perhaps it’s making the best impression during a job interview. Or, you might visualize yourself working at your ideal job. A picture is worth a thousand words but it takes more than just seeing to get the results.

Visualization is a continuous three-step process that connects you with your subconscious mind. To give it the power you need to succeed, engage all your senses. What do you hear, smell, feel and taste? Think about the positive emotions -- happiness, pride, even relief -- you would feel if your goal was a reality. Consider creating a "vision board" to accelerate the visualization process.Commit to seeing your goals as "real” and they soon will be.

5. Express thanks. Though your main focus may be that you don’t have a job, there are many other positive things you do have. A few nights a week, write in a gratitude journal. Include your good health, family, friends, skills and experience. Commit to include at least one original entry each time, like those two promising interviews ahead.

By being aware of what’s going right in your job search, you increase the flow of more good things. Writing in your journal at night will also help you get a good night’s sleep and be at your best the next day. Remember to take the time to thank those who are helping you on this journey. Emails are acceptable but a phone call or hand-written note is better.

Whether you’re looking for a job or choose to excel at the job you have, these five strategies will support your success.

Tricia Molloy is a corporate leadership speaker and the author of Working with Wisdom. She works to inspire professionals to be more positive and productive through keynote speeches and employee development talks, workshops and webinars.

Views expressed in signed blogs are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Network of Executive Women or its Officers, Board members and sponsors.

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