Searching for a job is not easy. The longer the process drags on, the less enjoyable it becomes – and the more your enthusiasm wanes. It’s important to acknowledge this fact, and keep a few key pointers in mind so you don’t burn out and throw in the proverbial towel.
Stay upbeat and energized in your job hunt by keeping these three tips in mind:
Keep building your network.
The vast majority of positions are filled by people who come recommended. The majority of your job-hunting time should be spent connecting to people who work for or have links to companies you would like to work for.
- Be proactive, both on and offline. Participate in LinkedIn groups and discussions. Form or attend meet-ups. Join professional organizations and networking groups. Be a contributor, offering advice, articles, suggestions, and links to content that benefits others. You’ll enjoy and learn from the interaction, while at the same time keeping your name and profile out there.
- Craft an email to people in your network, spelling out your specific needs. Tell each of them about the jobs you’re interested in, the companies you’d like to work for, and your targeted locations. Let them know exactly how they might be able to help you. By and large, people are flattered to be asked and glad to assist. They’ve most likely been in your shoes at one time and are now happy to reciprocate.
Be 100 percent sure what you want.
Especially when a job search becomes long and drawn out, it’s easy to start bargaining with yourself about what you will and won’t take. Don’t settle. You want to be happy in your new job and not out there looking again in six months.
- Narrow your search to a few specific positions or organizations and focus your efforts there. This will make your search feel less overwhelming and better focused – not to mention finding work that you really do want and enjoy.
- Hiring managers prefer candidates who are truly enthusiastic about a position. Your chances of landing your dream job will increase if you stick to your guns.
Nothing is more important to your successful job search than keeping your spirits – and your chin – up. Whining, complaining and commiserating need to be kept to a minimum. Take a break when necessary, but hang in there.
- Take care of yourself. Eat well, rest, exercise, and don’t forget to socialize and relax. Then, when you’ve had your respite, jump back into your search with both feet.
- Celebrate the small victories. Take a step back and list all the things you’ve done right; for instance, attending networking events, reaching out to contacts, and doing diligent research on companies and employers. Give yourself credit for persistence. These periodic mental checks go a long way in building your optimism.
To optimize your job search strategy and keep your eyes on the prize – the job that’s just right for you – consider working with a professional recruiting partner. For some more great advice, check out the information we have available in our candidate resource center. To learn more, contact CPS Recruitment a (315) 457-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org today.