Let’s face it – sometimes a job search can be a tiring and depressing process!
It’s one of the most challenging things we do as professionals, so it makes a lot of sense to invest in your career through gaining knowledge about how to do a “job search right”.
So, what is “right”? Well it’s a job search that does the following things:
Ø Has a crystal clear plan (so you always know where you are going – which helps you to know what opportunities to take full advantage of and which ones to let go)
Ø Gets you multiple high quality interviews with companies that you like
Ø Leads to a great offer(s)!
The more you are able to integrate these components into your job search the more you will minimize drains in energy and enthusiasm as well as any feelings of depression.
Here are several tips that help my clients get and stay motivated through their job search:
Hire a career coach, resume writer or one that does both.
It is a wise investment of your time to partner with a professional who is adept at taking professionals safely and smoothly through the job search maze to a successful outcome! Having a professionally done resume that clearly speaks to your market results in more interviews, bigger job offers and ensures you get the quality of position that you rightly deserve.
As a professional resume writer and business owner, I too, have a business coach AND a mastermind group that helps me to achieve my goals. It works. Try it.
Make sure though, that you hire someone who has a professional resume and/or coaching certification through an established and trusted association such as Career Directors International or Career Management Alliance.
Create a “job search schedule” and stick to it!
You don’t want to spend your creative energies figuring out what you are going to do each day in your job search and for how long. Make it so you don’t have to think about it – rather you are approaching your tasks more mechanically. It takes the emotion out of it and gives your workable goals for each day.
So plan your schedule out a week in advance, block out the times and dates and write in your main goals for that day. It will help you achieve super-productivity, I promise!
Focus on the task
When searches get “scary”, meaning when you find yourself in those places where you are really pushed way out of your comfort zone, it can be tempting to stop and avoid those places all together.
An example of this is networking, or calling a company decision maker for the first time. But rather than focus on the fear, focus on the tasks of your day and don’t think beyond them!
Whatever happens will unfold daily and you will have both very positive experiences as well as neutral and maybe negative experiences. This is a normal part of the search process and this simple technique will help you to keep a healthy perspective on it all.
Do what you enjoy first
Why not concentrate on those areas you love first?
Maybe its research or writing or perhaps you are one of those gregarious people who enjoy and quickly see the benefits of networking. Do what you enjoy first and do what just slightly pushes you out of your comfort zone next.
Save those tasks that really push you out of your comfort zone for specific times during the week (not every day). You will find yourself more balanced and achieving more results using this common sense method.
These few tips are time tested by over 400 of my past clients and I can tell you assuredly they DO work! So now is the perfect time to get motivated to move forward towards your dream job, fully aware of how to avoid many of the pitfalls so common in a job search.