Did you arrive 30 minutes late for an interview… your clothing was inappropriate, you forgot your resume, and you have not done the preparation to answer the interviewer’s questions effectively. Relax… that would never happen, right? But you may be continually making less obvious mistakes in your interviews and job search — without even knowing it. Job hunting is all about your mentality for success!!!
Job hunting can be a daunting task. It can take a lot of time and effort, but it’s essential to your success and will eventually pay off. The opportunities don’t just fall into our lap, and that we have to work for them.
The job market has become increasingly competitive. Most college students are eager to build up their resumes with work… During this time, you need to maintain your focus and continue to stay determined no matter how long it takes. If you keep your mindset focused and don’t give up, you’ll be investing in your future and give yourself the best chance at getting hired.
Here are some things to remember during your job search:
Get up, get dressed, have a plan
Keep your mind focused by knowing what your goals are and constantly work for them. Create a list of what you want to accomplish every single day. Give yourself daily targets for what tasks you need to complete or what jobs you want to apply for. When your world is feeling hectic, staying organized and having a plan can put your mind at ease.
Start your day as if you were going to work by waking up early and getting dressed. You’ll be much more productive if you get yourself together rather than if you just roll out of bed and job hunt in your sweatpants all day. Researchers Joy V. Peluchette and Katherine Karl conducted a study and found that participants reported feeling more authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing formal business attire.
Mason Donovan, author of The Golden Apple: Redefining Work-Life Balance for a Diverse Workforce, agrees that clothing affects your work: “Although a dress code may seem silly when you think about working from home, work clothes impact you on a business and personal level and can affect your career.”
You are who you surround yourself with
Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself. Job hunting can be a very frustrating process so having people who care and support you will give you an extra boost. It can also help to find a supportive network of people who are in the same situation as you. This allows you to get advice, share experiences, and remind you that you’re not alone.
The right environment.
If you work well at home, set up an area to conduct your job search where you feel organized and are productive. Although, if you’re someone who struggles to truly focus at home, try getting out of the house. Libraries and coffee shops provide a nice and quiet environment where you can work without the distractions you have at home.
Put in the work
The more jobs you apply for, the greater your chances are of hearing back from a prospective employer. This does NOT mean to just attack recruiters with your generic cover letter and resume for any job you see. You need to tailor your applications for each and every job. This can be one of the most time consuming parts of your search, but it’s necessary.
They say luck is when preparation and perseverance meets with opportunity.
Never underestimate the power of conversation and social networking. Are you out there telling people that you’re looking for work? People who like you want to help you. Even if they can’t give you a lead, they might be able to provide you with some other form of help or advice.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Switch it up
It can be boring and monotonous if you only have one or two sources you’re utilizing during your job search. Switch up your routine by checking out new resources each day! You may have some major job sites that are your go-tos, but try branching out. Tons of people are doing the same thing as you on those sites, so finding sites with less traffic can be a major advantage.
There are also many career-focused or industry-focused sources like professional organizations, societies, etc. College university career offices often have virtual job boards hosted by local companies, state workforce development departments, or local unemployment office.
Job searching can be very stressful. There can be a lot of uncertainty, which can lead to anxiety, which could eventually lead to other health problems. Stress has a negative impact on the human body and immune system. To combat these feelings of excess stress during a time of unemployment, it’s crucial to stay well — This starts with eating right and staying active. Stay away from foods that will make you feel sluggish. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and now is not the time to get lazy and let yourself go.
Check your ego at the door
Don’t let your pride get in the way during your job search — Be prepared to do things you normally wouldn’t think you’d do. You may have to take a temporary job you’re overqualified for during your search if money is tight, and that’s OK. If an opportunity comes up and you have to take a job in another city, try and be open to the thought of moving.
If you set up rigid requirements and guidelines that you’re stuck to during your search, you’ll find yourself having a really tough time.
I know, sounds cliché — but it’s true. Channel those motivational quotes you hear all the time and actually implement them into your life.
“No matter how tough the chase is, you should always have the dream you saw on the first day. It’ll keep you motivated and rescue you.” — Jack Ma
Keep a positive attitude and be realistic with your expectations. Don’t be discouraged that your phone isn’t ringing or your inbox isn’t flooded with new opportunities. When you set out on your job search, it’s impossible to know how long it will last. As time goes on, rejections pile up, and money gets tighter, it’s easy to get discouraged. However, this is exactly the time when you need to dust yourself off and try harder than ever. One of the main attributes of a successful job search is persistence. Focus on what you can do versus what you can’t. Sooner or later, it will work out.
Don’t take rejection personally. There are a lot of great people unemployed and competing for jobs. Let’s be honest here, nobody really loves job hunting, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and knowing that should keep you motivated.
See the good in every situation
Job hunting is a time for transition and change, which can also be a very important time for self development. Use this time period to reassess your goals and expand your knowledge. Stay on top of industry to make sure you don’t fall behind.
At each stage of your job search, you should be looking for feedback. If you’re not getting calls for interviews, have someone look over your resume or cover letter. If you keep getting interviews but never make it past them, reach out and ask what you can work on to do better the next time.
Job searching is what you make of it. With hard work and perseverance, you’ll find yourself in a job in no time.
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