by Stella Shepard
Julie Ann Gauthier is a Leadership Coach at Chandler Coaches, a Motivational Speaker, and an entrepreneur who offers tips and strategies for job searching with confidence. She recently spoke about staying focused when you are not getting the results you hope for while job searching in a workshop hosted by PEI Connectors.
“Every interaction counts,” says Julie Ann. “PEI is a very connected community. You could meet someone at the grocery store who could know someone you want to connect with, which could lead to a new opportunity.
“Thinking about your past experiences, your training, and what you want in your work life is really important when job searching. Think about what you did not enjoy working at in the past. That is important so you don’t apply for a job that you are not going to excel at or enjoy.
“Make a list of what you want and what do you not want in a job. Take time and list your strengths so that you will be able to sell yourself to the company.”
“Organizational skills, good customer service skills, and problem-solving skills specific to one job are transferable to other jobs,” says Julie Ann. “Consider your transferable skills instead of overlooking a job posting you do not think you are qualified for.”
Expanding your network
“The more people you get to know while job searching, the better. Striking up a conversation could lead to expanding your network. Put yourself out there and find ways to communicate through Zoom, webinars, and other social media platforms.”
Tips and suggestions
- Focus on what you can control
- Be OK with rejection
- Be around positive people
- Believe in yourself
- Maintain your self-confidence
“Write down five things that you are grateful for, and focus your energy on gratitude,” says Julie Ann. “Job searching is serious business, but it can also be a fun process.
“Reward yourself for achieving the mini goals leading up to a bigger goal. Have a goal of a certain number of jobs to apply for or a list of people/employers you want to introduce yourself to. When you hit your goals, treat yourself with a mini reward.”