Updated: Aug 26, 2019
We have all experienced a frustrating job search at least once in our lives, probably as young employees or recent graduates who had difficulties starting their careers. We can include here a domain switch and new career plans. There are also unfortunate events that can force someone to look for a new job. And the list can keep up with endless scenarios...
Negative thoughts crossing through the mind and repeated disappointments do not help any job seeker. I have 6 tips on how to stay motivated during a frustrating job search.
1. Stick to a schedule.
A job search plan is ideal and job seekers should keep track of each application. Sending CVs at random and in despair is not of great help. Job seekers should devote a few hours a day to the following: Application improvement, CV polish, interview preparation, social media activity related to job search and reading news about the job domain to predict hiring cycles. Always keep in mind what you're struggling for: Your family, your dreams and your future.
2. Look for professional help.
Recruitment agencies are here to help job seekers and they will give you free career advice. Stay away from those who charge you for this type of service. Recruiters sometimes know about vacancies that may not be advertised, so keep them in mind and search for their support. Of course, timing is important and it will take a while, but you will definitely see the benefits.
3. Stay active in the community and social media.
Let people know that you are looking for a job, maybe someone can recommend you or maybe someone has heard about a future job opening at the office. You never know when the community might help you. Never underestimate the power of social media, because when used properly, it is one of the most effective tools in a job search.
4. Do sports.
Sports are a good way to strengthen your physical and mental life and one of the best ways to reduce stress. While doing sports you will not concentrate on the “never-ending” job search. You will refresh your thoughts and get ready to start again your applications.
5. Ask for feedback if not given.
Recruiters and hiring managers usually give feedback after the interview or an important step in recruitment and selection. If they don’t, I advise asking for the feedback, because every job seeker can learn from the last applications. Feedback will surely improve the job search strategies.
6. Prepare yourself with a huge amount of patience.
The “mother” of all disappointments in finding work is the lack of patience. No one will offer a job for free and the opportunity is not just around the corner, but you should patiently look for it. Refusals will also test your patience and resistance. The new job will not come today, tomorrow or the next day, but it would definitely appear at the right moment.
I hope my advice will help job seekers out there.
And remember, there is always an open door and FOCUS RECRUITMENT is here to support IT job seekers. Do not hesitate to contact us.