Job seekers face many disappointments and navigating through refusals is not child's play. Patience is the key in most cases, but still high qualified professionals fall into the trap of despair when looking for a job.
Here is what life has taught me: When you're desperate, you make mistakes. Instead of waiting for a suitable job, you are tempted to accept the first job offer that gets in your way.
I have 5 tips on how to end a desperate job search and give you an efficient overview of the entire job seeking process:
1. Stand out from the crowd.
Try to do things differently, including the job application. Try approaches other than those you thought at school, in books, or by older family members. Bring creativity into play when writing a resume and cover letter. It is also an effective way to stand out from the crowd, as recruiters and recruitment managers gain insight into your personality and life. Remember that social media is capable to influence your job application.
2. Don’t let others get the feeling that you’re desperate.
Don't use words like "need", "desperate" or "immediately available" in emails and other messages to recruiters or hiring managers. Try not to give the impression that you would accept any kind of work, even if you did, as this is the most common sign of despair. A good idea is to present yourself as someone your future employer wants to work with.
3. Create a networking strategy.
Networking on social platforms is one of the keys to approaching a workplace in the modern recruitment context. Try to build professional relationships with employers or recruiters who work for the companies you are targeting. Make connection among employees on social media because you never know when they might recommend you. Don't just network blindly, without a plan or far away from your industry. It’s also useful to help or teach others about your experiences, as the audience appreciates this kind of added value.
4. Don’t take rejections personally.
You may be tempted to blame yourself for a resume refusal or a rejection after a job interview. The fact is, you don't really know what kind of personality is appropriate for a particular job and corporate culture. So, stop taking guilt for job rejections because it’s just business. Maybe the job was meant for internal promotion and they reorganized the roles. Or maybe they re-organized the entire department and the job posted is no longer available because it is split within the existing team.
5. Never give up hope.
Patience and hope are the secret ingredients for a successful job search. This journey requires effort and discipline. The results of your search will occur at the right moment when you are a good fit for a potential employer.
Follow these 5 tips to make your job search a success.