Job Hunting: It can fun for a while but that momentary enjoyment can get old pretty quickly. It’s best to think of looking for your next job like a job itself; without routine and commitment, it’ll likely draw on for a while.
Are you searching for your next job or making a career change? Check out our 5 tips for job hunting success:
- Maintain a schedule. It is easy to fall into a schedule of late nights watching television and binge eating the leftovers in your fridge while unemployed, but the best thing to do is to avoid the chaos. Maintaining a job search schedule can keep your days structured and ensure that you are putting in the hours you need in order to find a new job. Also, after you have completed your scheduled job searching time, you can shut off that part of your brain and do other activities you enjoy. For samples of job search schedules check out CareerOneStop and Positively Minnesota.
- Keep life in perspective. Stick to goals you can handle on a daily basis, like finding five jobs to apply to, updating your resume or writing a cover letter. Keeping your energy focused on the day to day activities involved in the job search will give your mind a break from worrying about how to pay off your student loans for the next ten years.
- Be active. Take time to do other activities in your life besides searching for a job or thinking about how you should be searching for a job. Life does not stop because you do not have a job. Enjoy hanging out with friends and get out of the house. If you stick to your job search schedule you should not feel guilty for enjoying yourself, and being active will help you maintain a good attitude during your job search.
- Stay confident. Be aware of your skills and talents. Being confident in your abilities will show to employers that you are a person worth hiring. Dave Sanford, Executive Vice President of Client Relations at Winter, Wyman, recommends using key phrases to convey your work attitude to yourself and potential employers.
- Don’t procrastinate. It is very unlikely you will get a job without looking for one. While the job search may be daunting, the best thing you can do is to simply get started. Consider doing those tasks that are your least favorite first, whether it is contacting references or writing a cover letter. As soon as you have finished those dreaded activities you will probably feel better about what you have left to accomplish.
Most of all, good luck!