Searching for a new job can be a full-time job, It's thankless, tiring -- and, yes, depressing task. Searching for roles, filling out applications, networking, tailoring endless versions of your resume to each potential job, interviewing, handling rejections -- the entire process can be so overwhelming and can leave you feeling unwanted, dejected, and sad.
Remember the other side of the coin
Before you apply for a job, think about your potential employer. Try putting yourself in their shoes and carefully going over the job spec. Ask yourself what skills and experience you’d need to see from the applicant, and if you have them.
If you don’t think you have these things—or your CV doesn’t show this—you might need to have another crack at it. By making sure you can prove your worth, you’ll be ticking off all the things the application demands. The flipside of this, obviously, is that omitting the right evidence may cost you an interview.
Keep your eyes on the prize
Do you have a clear idea of what you actually want from a job? If you feel like you’re casting too wide a net with your applications, try taking a step back and writing down your career goals. By firming up your ambitions, you can better understand why you want a job, and if it’s actually right for you.
It’s possible that the jobs you’re applying for aren’t a perfect fit for your career goals. But it’s okay to see a job as one step on a long journey towards what you really want. The point is to always have a clear image of your target; by doing this, you increase your chances of hitting it.
Take care of yourself
Job hunts are almost always stressful, and there comes a point when your stress levels are counterintuitive to your efforts. That’s why it’s important to make time for your well-being on a regular basis.
It’s vital that you don’t isolate yourself during a job hunt. Meeting up with friends and family helps prevent low mood, and provides a good source of support. Try combining this with exercise, too; it aids your physical health, and it’s another opportunity to socialize!
Or take a step back
Another good strategy is to take time away from the job hunt altogether for a bit. Spending hours on the job hunt after work is a surefire way to compound your stress. Try limiting your job searches to weekends or other low-stress times.
Don’t be afraid to take the odd day off from job hunts, either. Spend the time doing whatever makes you happy, and give yourself the chance to fully recharge.
Always remember: the job you want is out there, even if it doesn’t always seem to be! Don’t beat yourself up if it’s taking a while to find it. The best things in life often take some time to achieve.
Maintain your motivation
If you’re not at work at the moment, it’s easy to let mundane daily routines (or lack thereof) erode your motivation. A good way to combat this is to make your job hunt a routine. Do it at a set time for a set duration on a regular basis, to ensure you don’t lose sight of your wider ambitions.
Another way to stay motivated is volunteering for an internship at a Leeds agency you’re interested in. As well as getting a better sense of what the agency is like, it shows employers you’re eager to keep working.
You might also want to consider volunteer work for good causes. There’s plenty of different options, but something as simple as working in a charity shop can help maintain your drive and discipline. If you’re thinking of changing careers, volunteering in something related to your sector shows you’re serious about this new direction.
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