Are you a discouraged job seeker? We understand. The job search can be a grind. Here are 7 suggestions that will make the process a little bit easier.
- Reach out to others going through the same thing.
As much as family members and friends try, unless they are unemployed or unhappily employed and desperately looking, it’s only natural that they can’t truly understand what you’re going through. Surround yourself with fellow job seekers. You can find job search groups at your local library, Dept. of Labor Service Centers as well as online. Have you ever tried a Twitter Chat? Give one a try to get expert advice from career counselors, resume writers and recruiters. Free job search help is only a click away. Check out this POST if you need help on how to participate in a chat.
- Be kind to yourself.
Beating yourself up with self defeating thoughts like “I’ll never get this job” or “Why is this so hard?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” is counterproductive. Layoffs happen, and good people lose their jobs all the time. It’s not a badge of shame and you should not wear it as such.
- Schedule in time for non job search activity.
While looking for a job should be your full time job, you also need time to recharge. Schedule time for a walk, watch a funny movie, read a book or magazine. You need that distraction.
- Remember, your job does not define you.
In your heart, you know that’s true. Your resume, elevator speech and interview answers are all a part of the PROCESS, not the PERSON. This distinction matters. Even if you landed the job of your dreams today, you are still the same person you were yesterday.
- Be your own career counselor.
Step outside your situation and pretend that you were helping someone in the same boat. What advice would you give them? If you’re slacking or not taking advantage of some of the resources out there, it’s time to step it up.
- Acknowledge that luck, timing & the economy will play a role.
There are are many factors that play a role in getting a job. Many are out of your control. However, that does not mean that you should give up or settle for less than what you deserve.
- Start spreading the word.
Some people keep their search a secret. Some of this can be due to the shame discussed in the second suggestion above. Yet, the more people who know that you’re looking for a job, the better off you are. Post on all your social media that you’re looking for work. Keep it simple. Here’s a sample status post:
“Hi, I’m in the market for a new job in the (Fill in your field here). Anyone have any leads? I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance and have a great day!” Or, write something similar to the suggested text above. The point is – everyone you meet, see or talk to (in person and online) can be a source for you (or know someone who might be). Don’t discount who you know! Who THEY know can mean the difference between getting a job or remaining stuck in your search.
It takes a lot of energy and commitment to embark on a job search. Hopefully, this renewed approach will keep you motivated and moving forward. If you have your own tips to share, let us know. We would love to hear them. Good luck and stay strong!
Looking for more job search advice? Check out this post: Ever Feel Like Your Resume Goes Into A Black Hole?
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