The key to determination is objectivity. You naturally create your own thinking and reasons, based on your own personal goals, things you really want. You don't need to be told what you're doing or why you're doing it.

The basics of determination boil down to one thing; you remain motivated, no matter what. Because you're going after something you really want, you don't get distracted or discouraged.

Determination will give you all energy you could ever possibly need to achieve your objectives. It has to be honest, and it has to be real. Everything you do has to be based on genuine motives. The job market isn't necessarily a sympathetic place, and it can be confusing, if you're getting too much information about how you should think.

Just getting a job isn't an end in itself. There's more living to do, and more to accomplish, you have to look forward beyond any immediate move to the next move, and put the moves into a practical form. On principle, the idea is to be mentally where you understand what needs doing, why it needs doing, and how it needs to be done.

Many people get lost in the processes of job hunting. They go for any and every job they think have some chance of getting. It becomes a mindless process, where more time is spent filling in applications than doing any actual job hunting.

If you're simply treading water, doing the same things and getting nowhere, or just following the herd, you'll find you don't achieve very much. That's because you've more or less condemned yourself to being part of the crowd.

The fact is that jobs and people aren't perfect matches. In practice, in the job market, you have a chance with any job where you're a 90% match to the essentials. That's the top basic percentile, and it's where you're strongest. In some cases a good interviewee with an 80% match has a reasonable chance of getting a job. Any job where you don't meet those criteria, forget it. You're wasting your time, and that time can be much better used.

This is where marketing and determination are basically the same thing.

Your real skills, your marketing strengths, are also your real talents.

This is where you can make headway, and do it quickly.

The whole concept of marketing is based on creating reasons for buying a product or a service. The reasons for buying anything are either that you need that product, or that it's a much better product. Given a choice, you'll naturally buy the best, if you can.

Real talents, where you know you can perform extremely well, are always your best option in the job market. Your marketing quality is high, and you know you can outperform others.

Real talents are also where you put in your greatest effort, and where your determination to achieve something is backed up by real ability.

Inevitably, you're far more successful.

Use of talent means you can also think clearly, because you really know what you're doing. You're naturally a very good judge of situations and opportunities under these conditions, because you're much more able to assess them.

Now- add to that some clear thinking about what you want to do with your life and your talents.

Pretty obvious, isn't it?

If you can get your talents working with your life goals, you're winning the war.

Mindset using your talents in your job hunt.

Mindset is literally a state of mind. A good mindset, by definition, deals with problems effectively and solves them efficiently. A bad mindset is all over the place, not focused, and everything seems to be a problem.

Another great advantage to use of your strongest talents is that your mindset is much better oriented. You don't get confused or lost, because you know what's happening.

You're much better able to deal with problems where your mindset can treat them like routine tasks. In any job or profession using your talents, you know how to handle problems, because your training, skills and experience are on your side, and your talents can deal with them very well.

For job hunters, the mindset is likely to get disrupted by constant distractions and digressions. Everything goes off on a tangent, not towards a specific goal.

That's destructive. Imagine getting on the road with no idea where you're going, why, or what you're going to do when you get there. Every few minutes another road appears, and you may or may not turn off.

Another description of this process would be How Not To Have A Life.

If you use your brain, and control your own mindset, you'll find that's quite avoidable.