4 Qualities You Need to Get the Career You Want in 2014

So you’ve been unemployed-or perhaps, underemployed-for too long. You are more than ready to get the career you want and become a health care professional. Your resume is current, clean and captivating. You refuse to whine, complain, cry, mope or procrastinate any longer. 2014 is going to be your year.

Getting the career you want takes time, patience and confidence. It requires a steadfast willingness to try after you’ve failed and to keep going even when you feel like giving up. Don’t let the blow of “no” after “no” after “no” get you down. You’ve got a job to chase! Your “yes” is almost here!

In today’s unpredictable economy, job seekers must possess an unwavering commitment to their employment endeavors, despite the obstacles they may encounter along the way. The journey to a new career can be challenging, but in order to survive, you must juggle the struggle with grace and fortitude. Here are four qualities you need to successfully outperform the test of unemployment (or underemployment) and land the career you want in 2014:

1)   Purpose. A purpose, or a goal bigger than yourself, will keep you in the race no matter how frustrated or disappointed you become. Knowing someone or something is on the line-other than your own wellbeing-can give you momentum. Pursuing a career in the health care industry is not for the faint of heart. By assuming such a pivotal role, you are responsible for administering medical care and serving others despite your personal problems. Think about why you became (or want to become) a health care provider and let that enthusiasm fuel your job search.

2)   Boldness. The ability to conquer fear and be bold is vital in the quest for employment. Rejection stings. Frankly, it doesn’t inspire confidence. But being turned down for a job gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you’ve done, what you’re doing and what you want. Be bold and apply for jobs regardless of how many organizations have declined your application. Success favors the bold.

3)   Flexibility. Sometimes, your job search methods will be unprofitable. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve done something wrong. It may be indicative of the need to revise your overall game plan. By all means, change your strategy if it is not yielding favorable results. Being S.M.A.R.T. means you will give yourself a specific amount of time to achieve your goal. If you do not get a job within that time frame, you should consider modifying your strategy. For instance, instead of only applying to positions via a career site, perhaps turning to social media will revive your job search.

4)   Persistence. Unflinching persistence doesn’t blink or buckle in the face of defeat. Job seekers who are driven, motivated-those who possess the kind of spirit that doesn’t give up and remain optimistic no matter how dismal their circumstances appear-will endure the job market chaos, overcome setbacks and achieve their employment goals. The challenges of finding a great career during uncertain economic times are surmountable. Remember, your future patients are depending on you.


(This article was originally posted on our partner site, EmploymentGuide.com. It has been edited for our Healthcareerweb.com audience.)

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