When you tell someone you are job hunting, they will always be full of positive messages about how the right job is just around the corner and not to worry as something will come up. And while this is usually true, the process of job hunting can be soul destroying, especially if it seems to drag on for a while.
Have a routine
When you are job hunting and not currently working, there is always the urge to have a lie in, do what you want when you want with your time and to avoid the job hunting routine altogether. But it is important to have a sound job-searching routine in place for two reasons – one, that you actually manage to get things done and two, ensuring that returning to work isn’t so big a shock to your system.
While you don’t need to have an exact routine in place that mimics your former working day, it is important to set yourself a routine with regular jobs to do. This likely includes checking job sites and looking at vacancies and making applications, perhaps spending some time on social media sites like LinkedIn looking for vacancies and making useful connections. Even taking regular breaks to go for a walk, doing jobs around the house and going shopping can all be worked into your daily or weekly routine.
Stay in touch with your industry
Another benefit of factoring in some time on LinkedIn is that you can keep up to date with what is going on in your chosen industry. You should also read plenty about the type of job that you are looking for to stay up to date with the latest changes and skill requirements. Use a tool like Feedly to follow blogs and publications to stay up to date with the latest information.
Make Time to Network
Those connections on LinkedIn and other social media platforms should be nurtured even when you aren’t working as they can often lead to fresh job opportunities or leads. Keep in touch with people in your industry that you already know and make new connections – any one of them could lead to the job you desire.
Do some voluntary work
Voluntary work has two benefits – that you show your willingness to work and gain some experience and that you are maintaining a working routine until you get your desired job. Plus, it also greatly helps the charity in question by offering them your skills for free. Having voluntary work on your CV does appeal a lot to employers and you might also be able to add to your existing skills or update them for free while working for them.
Don’t be afraid to look at something different
When you are between jobs, you are in the perfect place to make a career change and to do any training that might help you with that change of direction. Even if you want to stay within your same career, look to see if there is any training you can do that polishes your skills and makes them up to date.
Learn the power of positive thinking
When people talk about positive thinking, it often sounds a little fanciful and silly but there are proven benefits to keeping a positive mindset. Of course, it isn’t always easy to do, especially when you are on your own and the doubts start to creep in.
Support groups can be a big help with this, allowing you to talk to others who have the same issues as you do. The support group doesn’t even have to be about job hunting – it can be based on an interest, hobby or a faith group. The idea is to find people who are like-minded and can help you manage your fears.
Avoid negative people
While support groups can be great, avoid the other type of people – the negative ones, the ones who tell you how terrible the job market is and how much you are going to struggle to get any job let alone a decent one. The majority of the time, they have no real idea that this is the case but are just naturally pessimistic. So, try to avoid these people or at least avoid talking about your job hunting with them.
Set realistic expectations
While positive thinking is important, you should also set realistic expectations about your job hunting activities. You are most likely to experience rejection during your search so expect this but also consider each rejection as a learning opportunity. Ask for feedback from the employer and look at the reasons why you didn’t get the job – was there anything you could do differently? Or were you simply beaten by someone with better qualifications or experience?
Don’t give up
Always remember that a job won’t find you, you need to get out there and find it. So, don’t give up, keep looking and keep positive then you will be successful.