Several of my clients have been getting discouraged with their job search. It is for sure a challenging task. The longer you’re on the lookout for a new job, the more likely you’re going to start feeling frustrated. The trick is not to get down on yourself (or the process). How do you do that? Here are some suggestions.
Tip #1 Think of it as a marathon…
Finding a job isn’t a 100-meter dash; it’s a marathon. You’ve got to pace yourself because otherwise, you might hit the wall even before you get your first invitation to an interview.
Focus on sending one or two quality applications per day. By “quality,” I mean tailoring your resume and cover letter to each specific job posting. And, make sure you get go beyond just applying online by utilizing your network to get to the hiring manager or the closest person to the hiring decision maker(s).
Tip #2 Think of it as a job…
On average, job seekers spend 11 hours a week looking for a job. Where do end up on that scale? Figure out how much time you need to spend looking for jobs, resume writing, applying, and networking, and then get organized.
Put in the time and the effort, but once you’re done for the day, you’re done for the day. Don’t let your job-hunting efforts consume every minute of your waking day. If you do, this is when frustration (and despair) can set in.
Tip #3 Rethink your career…
Being flexible and searching for career alternatives is a good way to keep things interesting, and open doors that you might not have realized existed.
Applying for jobs that don’t seem like obvious choices can be liberating; there are no expectations, after all. If you get an interesting job that strays from your current career path, great. If you don’t, no big deal.
Tip #4 …but don’t overthink it!
It’s easy to get caught up in the job hunt – especially if things don’t seem to be going your way.
At some point, you’ll feel like you’ve reached the point of diminishing returns. Exercise common sense, and don’t get stuck rephrasing each and every passage of your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Yes, you need to be tailoring your resume to job descriptions, but a good resume sent is better than a great resume saved for further editing. And, I can’t reinforce enough the value of networking. If you are solely applying online, you most likely are not going to get the traction you need to create critical mass of opportunities.
Tip #5 Stay relevant and experiment
Hiring decision makers often find gaps in employment problematic, but don’t be afraid if that’s what you’re dealing with. Be honest, and focus on demonstrating transferable skills. The idea is to focus on activities that can show employers how valuable you can be.
- Volunteering shows a willingness to help others and often involves event management and fund raising.
- Personal projects from building a website to running a book club can be a great way to display time management and organizational skills.
- Sports and hobbies can show determination, passion, teamwork, and communication skills, all of which are valued in a workplace.
You can also highlight any skills training you might have done…and if you’re not taking the time to refresh your skills, maybe you should consider it? There are an abundance of free, relevant online courses offered by respectable companies and institutions.
Landing a job takes time and effort. Think of it as a marathon rather than a sprint: you can’t go all out all day every day. Do what you have to do, be smart about it, and above all, stay positive.I hope you enjoy and get value out of this week’s round-up of curated articles just for you that I know are providing the best of the best in the areas of Job Search, Career Transition/Exploration, Career Advancement/Leadership Development and Work-Life Balance/ Mindfulness.
If I can be of further support to you, let’s have a conversation. Here is a link to get on my calendar: www.michelebrant.
Have a great week. I will be sending positive energy your way.
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