By Bill Hartnett
Some weeks you just can't win. It starts out bad and gets worse. Job leads disappear. Sure things crumble. Emails go unanswered. Interviews go badly. The clock is ticking. Then, self doubt rushes in and your mind starts spinning. Here we go! I am under-qualified. I am over-qualified. Too young. Too old. My resume sucks. I can't write a cover letter to save my life. All my haters are right. I am truly a loser. I will never work again.
Stop. Stop. STOP!! Yes, job search can be a lonely, miserable time. Yes, your self-esteem and wallet suffer. Yes, you want to scream and shout and blame everyone.
Only YOU can take charge of your job search. Don't let rejection define you. Don't listen to all the chatter. Make a choice to put all that negative noise in a box, close the lid, tape it shut and put it on the shelf. It will be there waiting for you...if you choose to take it back down.
Here are five great articles I read this past week that can help you defeat the crippling doubt and move with passion and purpose toward your next gig.
Here's What's Really Holding You Back From Your Dream Career
How to Pursue a Career That Makes You Proud
The Heart and Soul of the Job Search
Find out more about each of the first 3 articles, articles 4-5, and the complete jobs.aol article