At some point we all go through it, the job search does not discriminate, it hits everyone eventually.
Whether you are fresh out of college, were laid off, need a second job, or looking for something different, the job hunt can be a very stressful time in your life. Here are some helpful tips to keep you sane during your job search phase
Decide what you want
Your search will be unsuccessful if you apply for everything under the sun because you want a job. Even if you end up with a job using that strategy, there is a strong chance that you will either quit, be fired or be miserable in your position. Before starting your search, decide what you want to do, what you can and will do, and what is absolutely not an option. Physically write this list out so you can refer to it and remind yourself that while times may get hard you do have standards and limitations.
Write down anything that interests you
One thing that I had to remind myself of is that everything around me is a job opportunity, from clothes to digital websites. Anytime I would see something (an ad, commercial, or attend an event) that piqued my interest, I would write down the name so I could check out their career site later. Opportunities are all around us if we take a moment to look around.
Schedule specific times to search
Whether you are searching after work, or are currently unemployed and spend most of your days looking up new opportunities, treat your search like a job. Define what hours you will search and apply for jobs and dedicate time to do just that. No social media (unless it is LinkedIn), no TV, no outside distractions. Just you and your next potential interview.
Keep a list
When I look for jobs, I find that making an excel sheet with the date, company, website, job title, job description, contact person if possible, and any additional interesting information helps me keep everything organized. When I am called in for an interview, I am able to quickly search the company, position (this is especially useful when I have applied for multiple positions at the same company), and immediately begin preparations.
I understand that not everyone is an avid reader, but I suggest you read SOMETHING whether you decide to read articles, blogs, books, magazines, or newspapers it doesn’t quite matter. Just continue to read and exercise your noodle (brain). If reading isn’t your thing, just make sure you keep up with your industry. Staying up to date on new trends, events, and theories will always give you something to talk about during your interview.
Talk to People
Network and build relationships. Whether you grab coffee with someone in your industry, make some connections on social media, set up informational interviews, go to networking sessions, or send email correspondence. Talk-To-Someone. This will help answer any questions that you may have and, learn from their experiences. If you end up building strong enough relationships, they may recommend you for any job opportunities that come their way.
BREATHE… Have fun!
The journey will be difficult, stressful, annoying, and you’ll be over it before you even get started. But don’t forget to breathe, relax, and have some fun while this is going on. You should focus on getting a job, but don’t spend every waking minute thinking about it. It will happen eventually. If you are struggling to cope with this in-between phase, take a read at one of our previous articles here. Remember that it may be a quicker process for some than others but if you pace yourself and stay motivated it will come.
Three women going through life.