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MyFoxJobShop - Excerpts from 101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times  By Jay Block

Ask Higher Quality, More Courageous Questions of Yourself and Others

How do I raise the bar of dealing with my job loss, and set an example for my family and friends so if they ever have to face a similar crisis, they'll do so with class and dignity? The Socratic Method is a form of thoughtful inquiry where you explore the implications of your beliefs and those of others by asking high-quality questions to stimulate new thoughts and resolve issues and challenges. The powerful art of asking higher quality questions is considered the oldest and most effective teaching strategy for fostering critical thinking and resolving job loss and job-related problems. Indeed, the quality of the questions you ask yourself and others determine the quality of answers you'll receive – and how quickly you get out of a rut.

Socrates understood that the human brain is programmed to answer any question it's asked. For instance, if you ask the question, "Why me, God?" in the midst of a job loss, you might respond with, ‘I must have done something wrong to deserve this," or "I must not be very lucky and am just doomed to struggle my entire life." If you ask the question, "How will I ever make the same amount of money in my next job given this hideous economy? You'll probably answer with, "I must simply accept the reality that I'll never make what I'm worth again." These types of questions are called destructive questions and they seldom resolve anything in a constructive and positive manner.

If, on the other hand, you ask the question, "What lessons can I learn by losing my job?" you might respond with, "I'm learning courage and patience, and I'm setting the stage for a better job, better pay and a better quality of life." If you ask the question, "Even though this is a difficult economy, what must I do to ensure that I make as much money as I made before?" You might answer with, "I must identify my value and make sure I communicate my value in a powerful résumé and throughout my entire job campaign. No doubt, if I am able to communicate my value, I'll earn even more than I did at my last job."

Examples of Courageous Questions

Courageous questions are questions that inspire answers to quell or significantly reduce fear, negativity and a bad temper, to ignite the flame of hope and promote a successful job campaign.
Consider the following:

Destructive question: Why does this always happen to me?
Courageous question: How can I use this to my advantage?

Destructive question: Why can't things be easier?
Courageous question: How can I become tougher and wiser?

Destructive question: When will things turn around for me?
Courageous question: How can I enjoy turning things around myself?

Destructive question: Will my spouse support me through this ordeal?
Courageous question How can we grow closer going through this?

Destructive question: Will I ever get a new job at the same pay?
Courageous question: What do I have to learn and who do I have to meet to ensure I get a better job at a higher rate of pay?

Destructive question: How long will this job search last?
Courageous question: What action must I take to land a job quickly?

Destructive question: What kind of burden will I be to my family?
Courageous question: How can I be an example to my family and make the best of a difficult situation?

Destructive question: How will I ever get through this?
Courageous question How have I successfully dealt with challenges in the past?

Ask better questions and you'll get better answers – and get out of the job search rut

Jay Block is an industry pioneer and one of the nation's leading career and empowerment authorities. He is the author of 15 career and motivational books, 10 of which are published by McGraw-Hill. Jay is a highly respected trainer and keynote presenter and is best known for combining world-class motivational techniques with cutting edge job transition tools and strategies. He has created four international certification programs (résumé, interviewing, career coaching, and motivation & empowerment) and travels the country sharing his ideas and concepts with job seekers and professional career / job trainers. He lives and works in South Florida with his wife Ellen.

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