A job search can be a daunting task for some; it may seem like there is no end in sight. Countless cover letters, interviews, emails, and follow-ups can wear someone down to the bone. Which is understandable, how many times would you want to explain to a person why you desire a position? Or demonstrate your qualifications and skills? I’d say more than a handful of times would put me into a fetal position. It’s important to know that you are not alone.
Room for Improvement
An extended job search can mean a lot of things. Maybe the job market isn’t as vibrant as you thought. Perhaps your industry isn’t expanding as quickly. You might be missing something. Take a look at yourself and ask “Is there something I’m doing that’s causing the problem?” Are you demonstrating your skills and qualifications effectively? Are you tailoring your cover letter to each employer or using the same copy you made last year? Could you practice your interviewing skill with friends and family or Hudson Job Search advisors more often or at all, for that matter? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, according to Albert Einstein. Now, I’m not calling you insane, but wouldn’t it be wise to change up what you have been doing to see some better results?
Get up and Get Going
You may not be working, but you’re not required to sleep in until noon and play Call of Duty with the neighbor’s kids. Well, that may be just a tad weird but who am I to judge. You have an enormous amount of free time to get things done. According to the Better Health Channel, staying physically active can reduce the risk of heart attack, manage your weight better, and improve your mental health. It is essential to take care of your body and mind throughout your job search; it will have a significant impact on the outcome. Fast Company suggests you sign on with a temp agency; this will keep your skills sharp and put you in line for the next available position at those companies. Another option is to volunteer for an organization that requires your skills. Another way to hone your skills and make connections through the organization that could lead to a job.
Setting Achievable Goals
Throughout your job search, you will want to say to yourself, “I will have a job by the end of the month,” but doing so will not help your attitude if you fail. There is nothing wrong with setting goals, but setting the right goals will give you a sense of accomplishment and boost your mental health. Try giving yourself a deadline like having ten applications submitted by the end of the month or meet with your Hudson Job Search advisor once a week. We hold meetings with a speaker on the first and thrids Monday of every month that covers topics that will give you an edge on the competition. Check out our resource page for more information!
Michael McClafferty is an intern at Mulligan Management Group.