What makes the difference between successful job seekers and unsuccessful ones? Why do some people who have obstacles to the job search (i.e., age, sex, race, etc.) land new positions while others with the same obstacles languish, unemployed for a long duration?
If you want to fall into the category of the successful job seeker, these tips are for you:
- Be persistent. If your job search is taking longer than you would like, keep in mind that even though the job market has improved, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will land the job you want immediately. You need to think of your job search as a marathon rather than a sprint.
- Search effectively and efficiently. To do this, you must allocate your time according to the way that most people are getting jobs. Most people (60-80%) find their jobs through networking. Other job search methods that trail far behind networking are applying to jobs on job boards, using a headhunter, and attending job fairs. If you are spending most of your time searching for jobs on job boards, you should reverse that and spend most of your time networking.
- Stick to a schedule. Map out your day and your week so that you have specific activities that you plan to accomplish at specific times. You will need the structure to keep you motivated.
- Build a team. When Diana Nyad finally completed her goal of swimming from Cuba to Florida, she emphasized the fact that she did not do it alone. She had people in a boat beside her while she was swimming. And she had many more people cheering her on. You too can benefit from having supporters around you who can be positive, especially when you don’t feel positive.
- Watch your self talk. You have to refuse to think negative thoughts. If you say things to yourself like, “I’ll never get a job because I am too old, or because I don’t have enough experience, or I don’t have enough education,” these things will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Choose to focus on the positive, even when things don’t always go the way that you planned.
- Obtain professional help if you need it. If you find yourself spinning your wheels in your job search, consider hiring a career coach who can help you focus your energies and troubleshoot any trouble spots with your search.
- Take time to recharge your batteries. Even though you definitely need to spend time on your job search, you also need to have fun. Reward yourself by doing things that you enjoy. Perhaps you like to go hiking or go on a picnic. Including recreational activities in your routine can help to revitalize you so that you can keep working at your job search.
As you can see, there are things that good job seekers do that unsuccessful job seekers do not. If you need professional help to get you unstuck and help you implement the steps above, Call to Career can help you. Call 877-743-9521 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get you refocused and on your way to the job that you want.