Having just graduated from university you are faced with another challenge, and that is finding a job. Since looking for a job is a job in its self, it’s easy to get frustrated when you aren’t being invited to attend any job interviews or haven’t heard back from employers.
However, it’s vital to be able to stay positive and always hope for the best. This is because this kind of “job search frustration” might be preventing you from promoting yourself appropriately to potential employers. So, if you don’t want to let your feelings hurt your chances of getting hired, let’s go over some strategies that can help you cope with job search frustration:
#1 Get support
The truth is a job search can destroy your confidence and motivation, especially when you are looking for a job alone. With this being said, it might be helpful if you could get support by joining a group of people who are also looking for a job and can help you retain your courage. Obviously you will need to make sure these are not “pity-party” groups since you need to be around people who can help you exercise your networking skills, improve your resume and help you prepare for your next job interview.
In the US there are a number of support groups you could join according to your profession or chosen career. Also, your college or university alumni groups offer a great deal of advice and information in regards to employment news and opportunities so why not join LinkedIn and find your alumni group today?
#2 Retain your focus
Not getting anywhere with your job search, doesn’t mean you are going to accept the job that’s offered to you when it doesn’t suit you needs. If you fall into the trap of the desperate jobseeker, who is willing to take any job, then you are losing the game. This way you are showing employers you don’t know what you really want from your career and that you don’t have clear goals.
This is why it is important to retain your focus when looking for a job. When employers ask you what are you looking for, you need to avoid vague answers as these will give the impression you are unprepared and uninterested. What you need to do is pick 4-5 jobs you are interested in and identify 50 potential employers you want to work for in order to focus your job search on these jobs and employers.
#3 Expand your network
Whatever the case, you need to stay in touch with your network and always looking for ways to increase your contacts. Starting from your most immediate circles including family, friends or ex-colleagues you have to reach out as much as possible and give as much help as you receive from others. Bearing in mind that networking is more effective when there is mutual benefit in your cooperation can help you expand your network and meet relevant key professionals within the industry. Without a doubt, the best way to do it is by joining various professional online networks.
#4 Manage Your Reputation
Did you know your job search success might depend on how popular you are on social media and Google search? Since everything is digital nowadays, recruiters can find out all about you by just checking your online profile, so you need to make sure you retain a professional online presence. This will make your job search a lot easier and will definitely help you manage your reputation. An effective way to see how active you have been and how you rank it terms of reputation is by checking Google frequently to see what is associated with your name!
As a final point, it is important to always be prepared and hope for the best. Retaining a positive attitude, networking and constantly working on your online presence, will help you on your job search and eventually find your dream job!
So, how do you manage job search frustration? Leave your comments below.