I read an article this week that stated the average job search is said to be a whopping 10 months! I guess that extended the last estimate I heard which was around 6-9 months. Seems that now more than ever patience is far more than a virtue-it is a must!
As a job seeker, I encourage you to stay positive while on the hunt to avoid losing belief in your talents as a professional. Here are four great ways to do just that:
Be Confident About Your Presentation!
It’s extremely important that you feel you’re submitting quality resumes each and every time you apply for a job. If you don’t feel your resume is up to par, you need to make adjustments-and quickly. Make sure that each resume is appropriately tailored to each position to prove that you’re right for the job. If you know you’re giving each submission your all, you can feel better about the effort you’re making.
Great athletes perfect the simplest (and most complex) task through countless repetitions until the movement becomes who they. You need to practice your interview skills and answers until it becomes a part of you. You need to practice your elevator speech until it flows from you and rolls off your tongue.
Mentors Can Open Doors
We all know that networking is important in any job search. But sometimes, it’s a good idea to dig deeper and find a person in your field that you trust to act as a confidant and mentor.
This person could be a former coworker, professor, friend, or family member whom you trust and who possesses a wealth of knowledge regarding methods that could help you get your foot in the doors of companies when it seems no one is hiring. They could also help keep you abreast of job opportunities and encourage you along the way.
This is a really key point. You don’t know who can open doors for you and you don’t know to what those doors will open to – unless you try. When I left my job (the unmentionable company) in 1989, I made it a habit of sending a christmas to a couple of senior directors I knew in that company. But I never left a contact number. In 1995 I was in Korea and had planned to stay for a few months. Because I knew that one of directors occasionally came to Korea for business, I dropped him a drop; suggesting we have lunch if and when he came back to Korea. I got a call from his assistance a few days later wanting to know where the heck I was and why I hadn’t ever left a contact number. A position had opened up and he wanted to know if I was interested.
I negotiate a good job offer and went back to that company.
The point being – you need to stay in contact, you need to stay out there and you need to stay open. Getting a job should be a team effort and your mentor or senior friend/coworker could be your MVP.
Avoid Job Search Burnout
The Internet makes it possible for you to search and apply for jobs day and night if you so choose. But taking this route can leave you exhausted and feeling discouraged, especially if you’re not getting the offers you want. So make sure you’re taking breaks in your search-and enjoying your life when you’re not searching.
Take a long walk, cook a fun meal, get some exercise, or even volunteer in the spare time you create. When you return to your search, you’re sure to feel refreshed and ready to start again.
Burnout can lead to depression in a hurry. Again, get involved. Get a parttime job. Do volunteer work. Get of the house. Take a break (I know, easier said than done). Most of all, keep plugging away – eventually, yes, eventually you will succeed.
Stay Positive and Try What Works for Others
Another idea is to search for people who have been in your position and now have the jobs they wanted. There are bound to be stories online of people who were laid off, and after a long search, now have the opportunities they had most hoped for. Feel encouraged by the lessons they learned and what you can learn from your circumstances. Then know that your great job will come-just as theirs did.
It may seem impossible to stay encouraged if you’ve been looking for a job for months-or even years-with no luck. But if you keep a positive attitude and believe this challenging time will soon come to an end, before you know it, you will be shaking the hands of a hiring manager who is now your new boss.
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Global resume authority Jessica M Holbrook of http://www.greatresumesfast.com is a former HR Manager who partners with professional- and executive-level candidates to create authentic, branded resumes and cover letters. An international resume columnist and resume expert for JobTalkAmerica radio, her work opens doors to lucrative positions at Fortune 500 companies.