It wasn’t that long ago that I was experiencing the job hunt struggles and I know how difficult it can be to pick yourself up after not getting a job, not finding one or like me getting let go. Finding a job is difficult but don’t let that stop you from achieving where you want to be. You may feel as though you have all this knowledge and education to successfully do the job but it never turns out in your favour.
However, as difficult as it might seem, keeping a positive attitude throughout your job search can truly make all the difference in the entire process. Seems impossible? Here are five tips to help you find the bright side during, what can be, a challenging job search.
HOWEVER, AS DIFFICULT AS IT MAY SEE, KEEPING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE THROUGHOUT YOUR JOB SEARCH CAN TRULY MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE ENTIRE PROCESS
1. Find Energy
Looking for a job seems never ending and it is easy to feel powerless so don’t focus on all the things you can’t control, focus on all the things you can.
It’s simple! Channel your energy into being the best applicant you can possibly be: Polish your resume; take a course to refine a skill that could benefit you; do anything you can to better position yourself against your competition. You may not be able to control the entire process, but you should at least do your best with what is well within your grasp.
2. Flip Your Strategy
The job hunting world is no longer a personal one, everything is done online and often times you may feel a disconnect between you and your future employer.
If you’re beginning to feel frustrated and exhausted with your search, try switching up how you’re doing things. Walk away from the computer screen and set up an informational interview. Enter the store, even if you know they take resumes online, you are more memorable that way and you might even get to see the manager in passing. Its bad to continue to do the same thing over and over again (particularly if it doesn’t seem to be working) is a surefire way to grow even more frustrated and discouraged.
3. Don’t Dwell
You may become down in the dumps because your efforts feel to you as failed. And that can be more than enough to make you feel gloomy and unmotivated. Suddenly, evenings spent being a couch potato sound like all you’re physically capable of after a long day of fruitless job searching.
However, camping out inside your home will only send your spirits into even more of a downward spiral. So keep yourself busy, spend time with friends or take up a hobby. Establish a routine that gets you out of the house each and every day. Believe me, turning into a job search hermit will only make your situation seem negative.
4. Get Out There!
Looking for a solution that will get you out of the house and also give your professional reputation a boost? Find opportunities to volunteer!
I got my job from extensive volunteer work with people, even though it seems irrelevant to your future job, having team work and people experience is so important to all employers. It can help you learn and refine some new or old skills. When you volunteer, you can try your hand at things you wouldn’t necessarily be willing to attempt in a traditional work environment. It also gives you the opportunity to meet new people who can help you land or decide on exactly the type of job or person you want to be in the market.
5. Don’t Be Picky
Instead of looking at your long (never-ending it may seem!) job hunt as a hindrance, think of it as your opportunity to discover different career paths and identify what you really want to do. Make sure to keep an open mind when job hunting. You are not going to find the perfect life long job out of the gate, it’s going to take a few swings.
See if you can find some different job shadowing opportunities or unpaid work to help you gain some experience, test drive different careers, and beef up your resume. Remember, taking the time to explore your options is never a bad thing.
There’s no denying that a long job hunt can be discouraging and disheartening. However, focusing on the negatives will only add fuel to your pessimistic fire! As cliché as it might sound, staying positive is absolutely crucial.
I know, it’s easier said than done. But, put these tips into play and you’re sure to feel a little bit better about your job search. Trust me, no matter what it may feel like, your job hunt won’t last forever.
Have you dealt with a long job search before? How did you stay positive?