If you have followed every career tip and all the advice given by your career counselor, but haven’t had any luck in securing a position yet, then the answer could be your attitude towards job-hunting. Obviously searching for a job can be a difficult and overwhelming process, especially when you haven’t been invited to attend any job interviews after having applied for 101 jobs over the last month.
It is only logical that you feel disappointed, but you shouldn’t let it get to you. Staying positive while searching for your job is vital since it is one of the most important elements - along with persistence and patience, that could help you succeed in the long run.
So, here are some tips to help you stay positive through your job-hunting:
#1 Set reasonable targets
If you are not managing your time effectively it is easy to become frustrated with your job search. What you could do is set daily or weekly targets to help you organise your work a bit better. For example, say that this week you are going to apply for 5 jobs and that you are going to write 5 different cover letters to accompany your application. This way you will focus on small achievable goals one step at a time and you will feel more accomplished with the work and effort you are putting into your job search.
#2 Celebrate small achievements
If you have received a phone call from employers that is something you should be proud of. Even if you don’t get invited to the 2nd phase of the interviewing process, it doesn’t mean you are failing. On the contrary, this means that you are one step closer to your goal. That’s just how it goes. In time you learn how to present yourself to employers better by revising your CV and cover letter every time and making sure that it relates to the actual job advert.
#3 See everything as an opportunity
When you regard everything as an opportunity you are increasing your motivation and proactivity and consequently your chances of finding a job. For example, you have heard about an event or presentation that is taking place at the nearest university that talks about jobs and how you can increase your employability. Instead of saying, “I’ll see if I can make it” make it your top priority and prepare for the event. If booking is required check the university’s website, fill in the form with your contact details and make sure you don’t leave it until the last minute.
#4 Keep networking
Networking can actually help you develop your confidence. As long as you are constantly expanding your knowledge in regards to industry demands from other people you get more information on what is required from you. This way you become more confident and self-assured in regards to your own strengths and abilities. Also, you exchange ideas with other like-minded professionals and learn more about the challenges of the field thus you are more prepared to enter employment.
By staying positive you will be able to handle rejection and overcome potential challenges that come your way. Blaming yourself, or the employers or even the economic situation gets you nowhere. What you need to do is get out there and explore. Remember that nothing can stop you from achieving your career aspirations except yourself! So, what keeps you motivated when searching for a job?
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