Job searching in a tough economic climate can seem like an impossible feat. However, even though it can be an uphill battle, the achievement of a fulfilling career will make the victory that much sweeter. The key is to keep an open mind and stay optimistic during your job search—and be fully prepared for the long haul.
There could be many reasons as to why you aren’t landing job interviews or job offers.
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Take Time to Re-Energize
We all need different stimuli to help boost our morale during the exhausting activities of looking for a job. For some, a few days away from the grind of job searching will do the trick. This can help you to regroup and regain your strength and drive to continue your job search. Others will find that a good workout in the gym or participating in a sport helps to re-energize and motivate them. Others will find their positivity through spiritual means, or with the help of friends or colleagues. Additionally, a career coach can help to keep you motivated and on track.
Remember Your Achievements
To help stay positive, remember your professional achievements. You should have a list of achievements for your resume anyway so that every time you apply for a job you can include those which are most relevant. These accomplishments demonstrate what you’re capable of when you’re performing at your best, and can come from any area of your life: work, family or social. Reviewing this list can help you remember your professional worth and boost your self-confidence in your job search.
Any good salesperson will tell you that people buy from people they like. Similarly, employers give jobs to people they like. Of course, you have to have the skills and experience as well, but when two or more candidates rank equally, the job is more likely to go to the person who formed the best relationship with the potential employer. To make a good impression, you need to be positive and engaging, which can be hard when you’re weighed down by the burden of unemployment. Being positive is a vital pre-condition for your job search: if you feel negative or unenthusiastic, it could come across when you meet people, and they won’t buy you.
Get Some Inspiration
For some inspirational words, here is a quote from Rachel Stephens:
“In three words, I can sum up everything that I learned about life: it goes on.”
When the going gets tough, realize that no matter what your problem is, someone is and always will be fighting a harder battle. Have faith, but understand that faith makes things possible, not easier. Have hope, but understand without doing anything nothing gets done.
“Every day is a gift, even if it’s awful. Count your blessings, not your troubles. Love all that you can, give all that you have, smile away your days, and dream away your nights.”
Your job search should be on the front burner when you’re in transition, but your life is not your job search. Support, discovery, adventure, and connection should be key elements in keeping your life balanced. Remember to stop, take deep breaths, and invigorate your mind along the way. Think of your career transition as one big exercise in self-improvement.
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