For everyone who’s had to go through the process of looking for a new job…
It can be pretty stressful.
Sure, with the list of expenses adding up, and your lifestyle too good to let go taking a step back from your job search probably out of the question.
Before you pull out your hair let me offer some helpful tips to cure you of the job search blues.
#1: Have a plan
Navigating the job search roadmap will have you going every which way the direction you're looking to go.
Evaluate your skills and desires to determine what types of roles you are interested in targeting.
Keep yourself motivated by setting goals for yourself in your job search.
Always have something that you are working to obtain that will give you that boost to keep going.
Create a schedule for applying for jobs and even networking, it may be helpful to ensure that you don’t burn out quickly after starting the job hunt.
#2: Count the small wins
Positive vibes are a must.
No, keeping up a cheerful attitude while facing the uncertainty of your future employment is not easy.
At the same time, there are good bits and pieces that can be taken from playing the role of the job seeker.
Getting the opportunity to speak with someone from one of the companies you applied to or even being called in for an interview is a win. Growing your networking is key.
The small wins do add up.
Filling out applications is tiring and repetitive, but for every one that’s completed, you put yourself in a position to discuss your accomplishments and skills.
Sometimes the job search makes you stretch your limits and draws you out of your comfort zone only to take you to new and exciting heights.
“Small wins are a steady application of a small advantage.” - Charles Duhigg
#3: Take care of yourself
Since we’re talking about stress, I have to say I cannot stress this one enough.
Your health and wellbeing are super important.
How do you expect a car to run if you don’t take it to get a maintenance check every once in a while?
- Go break a sweat in the gym
- Bring on the peace and stillness of meditation
- Maybe it’s time to start jotting down thoughts in a journal
- Cook up a healthy dinner or even a not so healthy dinner (I’ll leave that to you)
- Get some laughs going
Simple techniques like the ones listed above will help to work off the tension of a potentially long and grueling job search.
Get the habits together NOW.
#4: Get your finances together
What was that about finances?
A lot of our panic from job-seeking comes from the idea of money.
Looking for a new position isn’t always voluntary. Even if you made the decision for yourself to leave your current position to pursue your ideal job cashflow is a hot topic.
We all know that bills do not stop stacking up when you begin your job search. The lifestyle that you’ve become so accustomed to living could take a small hit.
In order to prevent any hiccups with your finances try to create a very specific and accurate budget.
The average job seeker spends anywhere from 3 to 6 months looking for that next opportunity before successfully landing a job.
Can your savings handle that?
Consider other ways you can market your skills to generate multiple streams of income throughout your search.
#5: Don’t always buy into the negative employee reviews
Sometimes the negative reviews we run into from former employees of companies will scare us off.
Have you ever been super excited about a position with a company only to be completely defeated when you read the “worst company ever” reviews?
No matter how many thrilled employees get you excited for the role from their positive reviews they don’t always outweigh the negatives.
This is where it’s time to make a shift...
Take those negative reviews with a grain of salt. While there may be some truth to them, not every employee is going to be a happy camper.
When you looked into the position with the company something stood out to you that made you believe you would be a great fit.
Bottom line is…
How do you know that your experience is going to be the same as the infamous “anonymous former employee?
So try to stop comparing yourself and your motivations to someone else and miss out on your dream job.
#6: Learn from rejection
Don’t take rejections personally, instead, think about what you were able to take away from the experience.
With every opportunity you have to speak with a hiring manager at a company, you get the chance to put your interview skills to work.
If you’re constantly being sent those dreaded emails that always end with, “good luck with your job search,” take a step back and ask yourself...
- How you can stand out more to employers?
- Does my resume reflect the skills that the position requires?
- What have I learned from the feedback I’ve been given?
Learn to harness the things that you take away from any rejections you receive and use it to refine and polish yourself for the next opportunity.
#7: Control the things you can control
Of course, some things are just out of our hands when it comes to looking for a new position.
Dealing with the stress of being a job seeker doesn’t have to get you down. There are plenty of resources out there to help get your job search off to a great start.
There may even be the option to hand over your job search entirely.
With Find My Profession the stresses that come from looking for a new position can be tossed to the side.
From updating your resume to making over your LinkedIn profile, the dedicated team at Find My Profession will put you in the best position to securing your next role.
Sounds pretty sweet, right?
Well, that’s not all…
Find My Profession takes it up another notch by applying for positions for clients as well as offering interview prep.
A very considerable option to your countless applications and networking efforts.
Take control over your job search.
You have all the tools and resources that you need to get after your goals and land your next position.