JOB SEARCH / MAR. 09, 2015
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How to Stay Sane When Looking for a Job


Looking for a job really is a job in itself. Feeling like you are getting nowhere with your job search can be extremely frustrating up to the point where it can drive you crazy! As a jobseeker, however, you need to make sure you are always on top of your game, avoiding distractions or getting your hopes down.

See also:How to Manage Job Search Frustration

So, here are some tips on how to stay sane when looking for a job:   

#1 Have a Clear Job Search Strategy

When you have clear goals, you are automatically more relaxed as you have an idea of what you need to do and expect. This is the reason it is important to have a clear and well-thought strategy when looking for a job. Create your own job search timetable and commit to spending 1 to 3 hours a day to just searching for available vacancies and applying for jobs. Within these 3 hours don’t let anything else distract you from choosing a quiet place to work.

#2 Be Open and Connect with Others

Job-hunting shouldn’t be confined to sending your CV to potential employers via email. Not only does this not help you get noticed by recruiters easily but it also makes you feel bored giving you the impression that you are getting nowhere. However, attending job fairs and connecting with other people will definitely offer a great boost to your self-confidence. The truth is, human interaction can be a powerful soothing medicine to job search frustration.

#3 Reward Yourself

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t managed to secure a job interview yet. Searching for a job requires that you take one step at a time. After creating a clear job search plan, follow the steps that will help you get the job you want and focus on the progress you make. It is important to contemplate on your success even if it comes from a small win and reward yourself along the way.

#4 Volunteer while you Wait

Having no job is not an excuse for doing nothing. Volunteering can help you increase your chances of getting your dream job and make you feel a lot better while you are waiting for an answer. So get involved with something you love, join a group on LinkedIn and share your opinion! Also, offer your help without expecting anything back and you will see it will come around eventually.

See also:4 Ways to Overcome Job Search Stress

Follow these tips to help you improve your job search results and retain your focus! Without a doubt, the right job for you is out there somewhere, and all you have to do is stay positive and active!

So, how’s your job search going? Let us know in the comment section below!

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