For everyone who’s had to go through the process of looking for a new job, I know I'm stating the obvious by saying it can be pretty stressful.
But with the list of expenses adding up, and your lifestyle too good to let go of, taking a break 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 without a roadmap will have you going every which way but the direction you're looking to go.
- Evaluate your skills and desires.
- Determine what types of roles you are interested in targeting.
- Keep yourself motivated by setting job search goals for yourself.
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, which can help ensure that you don’t burn out quickly after starting the job hunt.
#2: Count the small wins
Positive vibes are a must!
I understand that keeping up a cheerful attitude while facing the uncertainty of your future employment is not easy. At the same time, there are positives you can gain from playing the role of a 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, can be considered wins.
Growing your networking is key.
The small wins do add up.
Filling out applications is tiring and repetitive, but for each one you complete, you put yourself in a position to showcase 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 get a maintenance check every once in a while? The same goes for you!
- 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 (up 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.
Build those healthy habits 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 decided 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.
To prevent any hiccups with your finances, create a very specific 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 about the role due to 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 initially looked into the position with the company, something stood out to you that made you believe you would be a great fit.
The 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.
This might only cause you to miss out on your dream job.
#6: Learn from rejection
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 can I 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
Some things are 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 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 great option compared to your countless applications and networking efforts.
Take control over your job search.
You have all the tools you need to reach your goals and land your next position.