JOB SEARCH / APR. 01, 2014
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How to Strengthen Your job Search Stamina

A job search is nothing less than any big goal you might work towards in life. As Cathy Severson, an independent career counselor claims “A job search is always a mind game, you don't know if this is going to be a sprint or a marathon”. A key prerequisite for crossing the finish line of a sprint or marathon is the development of stamina. The same applies with the job hunt.

The job search process can sometimes be complicated and involve a series of steps. Therefore, it requires extended and dedicated amounts of time. To maintain your stamina and endure this process at the least cost, you have to stay motivated, surround yourself with positive people, organise your job search tasks and time effectively, keep on developing yourself and so on.

Nowadays, with the adverse financial conditions hitting global job markets, it is easy to lose stamina and motivation. The following tips will critically contribute to reinforcing your job-hunting stamina:

Be Resilient

You have recently been laid off. So what? Job loss is naturally one of the most important stressors in life affecting human identity and sense of value. Instead of lamenting your fade, choose to be realistically positive. Look for ways to recover, develop yourself and work towards accomplishing your own goals. In doing so, be willing to leave your comfort zone. The greatest barrier to achieving your potential is staying within your comfort zone. I guarantee that you will make a great impact only when you network with people from your discomfort zone.

 Don’t Overlook Key Job Search Tasks at the Expense of Landing a Job

It is understandable that your overarching goal is get the job offer for the gig that interests you. But you are never certain when is going to happen. You should better pay attention to the small tasks that will gradually enhance the job search process instead of worrying about landing the job. Severson rightly notes that “when the focus shifts to the actual tasks, the job searcher feels a greater sense of control and is better able to handle the long haul".  

  • So instead of saying “I will get an X job within the next 6 months”, say “I will send out six resumes this week”.
  • Instead of “I will hit four interviews this month”, try “I will call five people for informational interviews this week”.

Avoid Applying for Every job

It is tempting to apply for every job post you come across in order to increase your chances of landing a job, but if you hardly qualify for that job it will work against you. Hiring managers will  understand you are not suitable for the job, if you apply for anything. This will likely result in more rejections, fewer responses, more negative feedback, time waste and resentment.

Avoid Negative People and Messages

Every day you talk to many people in your personal and professional life. But which of them make you feel energised? Make sure you distinguish those you interact with and choose only those who give you a positive aura when you talk about your job hunt.

The same goes for news: Don’t indulge in consuming news that paralyse you. You can always go back to it when you feel stronger. Also refrain from engaging in self-limiting thinking. Think empowering, expansive thoughts instead.

Pursue Work You Love Doing

Avoid doing the same routine work over and over again. It’ll be harder to keep trying every day. Banish mediocrity and seek out the work you're passionate about. Anne Perschel, organisational psychologist and president of Germane Consulting argues that this will not only keep you going, It will also increase your chance of landing your dream job. Perschel  says "assume there are other people out there who have the same skills. But that energy, commitment and passion? It can be your real differentiator".

Dare to pursue what inspires you, fascinates you and gives you meaning to achieve your long-term goals and expectations.

A few Extra Tips:

-  Train yourself to finish what you start. So many of us become scattered as we try to accomplish a task. Finish one task before you begin another.

-  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Wisdom helps us avoid making mistakes and comes from making thousand of them.

-  Never quit when you experience a setback or frustration. Success could be just around the corner.

All in all, developing and boosting a powerful mentality when job hunting is vital in actualising your huge, untapped potential. Remember that the job search process is tough. It calls for having a clear mind, full of positive energy, motivation and confidence, so making the most of the strategies above will definitely turn the idea of a job offer into a reality.  

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