Job hunting could be one of the toughest and most frustrating parts of your life. After graduation, you are expected to get out there looking for a job to put your education into good use. But even if you do land a job, it doesn’t end there; all throughout your professional journey, you will be faced with the need to look for a new position- one with a better pay, better benefits, better title… It’s just a never-ending race to get something better!
However, searching for a job is harder than you think. It can take long hours of submitting applications, doing follow-ups, going to job interviews, getting rejected, and then going through the same cycle over and over. You’re going to need a strong motivation to keep going, despite the whole depressing and stressful process.
People who have landed great jobs will tell you that it took them a lot of time and effort to “get there,” but having the right mindset and a strong motivation will help you get there faster.
If you’re tired of sending resume after resume after resume, I suggest you stop, take a breather, and then do the following:
- Create simple, specific baby-steps
Make your task simpler; at least, simple enough that your brain doesn’t think it’s going to take much time/energy. For example, instead of forcing yourself to send 3 job applications per day, you could take it one-step at a time and just find 3 suitable jobs first. Don’t think about the cover letters and the other stuff until you have completed that task. Once it’s done, proceed to the next baby-step, until you successfully send 3 job applications without triggering the fight or flight response of your brain.
- Build your network
The wider your network, the higher your chances are of landing a job. Connect with old friends and colleagues and let them know that you are looking for a job, this will widen your network, so the next time they need to fill a position your name will be fresh on their mind. You may also try attending professional events just to meet people and connect with them.
- Stay positive
No one said the job hunting process would be easy, so be ready to take on the challenges you face along the way. Stay positive no matter what happens, you’ll lose the battle the moment you let negativity to get the best of you. Something good will always come out of every failed attempt- it’s called learning experience, and that will help you do better on the next interview.
- Create a record of your “moments of greatness”
I’m sure there were times in your previous job when you were praised by the boss or a customer. Do you have emails, when your supervisor commended you for a job well done? Well, now is the time to look for those accolades! Compile all the kudos you got, and write why you got each one of them. This will be a good way to cheer you up, when you’re feeling low because no one is responding to your job applications.
Motivation won’t just fall on your lap. Find ways to inspire yourself to keep moving forward. One good way is to read stories of people who are now very successful in their respective fields but had a rough start. You’ll feel inspired and learn at the same time!