The job search. It’s often the initial step in what eventually becomes someone’s career but is a process seemingly despised by working professionals everywhere. From the monotony of filling out an application with the same information your resume provides to crafting unique and specific cover letters, the job search process can be stressful and exhausting. Details like these can derail the searches of even the most enthusiastic candidates. And it can lead some people to give up on their search for a new career or remain in a role that makes them unhappy.
So how do you combat this and hold on to the motivation that made you consider a search in the first place?
Knowing You’re Not Alone
A job search can leave you feeling isolated or disconnected. Our careers are very attuned with our lives, and uncertainty in our jobs may bleed into other parts of your day, week, or month. If searching for a new job leaves you uncomfortable or stressed, throwing in the towel may begin to cross your mind; especially if you’ve been searching for a while or turned down following interviews. But let me remind you there are 6.5 million Americans currently unemployed and 71% of Americans confess to job searching while employed.
Millions of people around the country are going through the same process you are, experiencing the ups and downs in their own ways. It’s highly unlikely you have been passed over because you are completely unqualified; it’s more-so a sign you just haven’t found your perfect role yet.
Don’t Get Overwhelmed
Let’s be honest. It’s easy to get lost or overwhelmed over the course of a job search. Today, searching for a job involves more technology than ever before. There are hundreds of online job-boards that post openings across the world. Many companies have gone to digital resumes and applications. It’s likely you’ll participate in an online video interview at some point in your career. Between the changes listed above, the chance you’ll have to travel for an interview, and the job you currently have, it’s easy to see why some people choose to remain where they are.
But technology can help alleviate some of these challenges. Leverage resources like LinkedIn to network and reach out to employers to stand out amongst the hundreds of applications they’ll receive. Work with a JSG Recruiter to save yourself time and opens the door to opportunities you didn’t know existed. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, remember to work smarter, not harder.
Remember Why You Started
If you begin to find yourself questioning your job search, it’s important to remember your situation is temporary. The void between unemployment or an unfulfilling job and a career you love can feel uncrossable. This feeling compounds when a search hasn’t gone how you expected or is taking longer than anticipated. You begin to romanticize a situation your current job which you couldn’t wait to leave. Furthermore, you may start questioning if you should just settle because interviews are stressful and you are critical of skills you were once proud of, trying to rationalize why you haven’t been hired yet. You need to remember that good things take work and time; careers aren’t built in instants.
If you began looking for a new career, focus on this when you think about giving up. We crave familiarity, and a job we once hated can suddenly seem enticing because of this. Remember why you started and trust yourself, your skills, your experience, and the process. You will eventually find exactly what you’re looking for.