Searching for a new job can be taxing if you don’t go out of your way to stay positive. It is tough to be rejected for a job you thought you were perfect for. This is especially true if you’ve been job hunting for a while. It is true that some people find a job after only searching for a short time, but you have to remember that this isn’t normally the case. Having a positive attitude will help you during your job search. Here are some tips to keep your spirits up while you’re searching for a new job.
The Job Market Is Like a Pyramid
One thing to keep in mind is that the job market resembles a pyramid. The higher the job level, the smaller the job market becomes. If you are looking for an executive position, it’s going to take more time because there aren’t as many vacant positions. If you are having trouble landing a job, that doesn’t mean you are lacking in something. Usually, this just means there are more job seekers than jobs, for that particular opportunity.
Full-time Search is a Myth
You’ve probably heard people say that searching for a job is a full-time job in itself. While it is true that job hunting can be hard work, this doesn’t speak to the full nature of job-seeking. The process includes a lot of “hurry up and wait.” When you submit an application, you might not receive a response for a couple of weeks. Sometimes, you’ll be asked to come in for an interview for an application you submitted months ago. It is quite difficult to actually devote “full time” to your job search for this reason. You shouldn’t feel bad if you aren’t devoting ten hours a day to job hunting because you can’t really dictate the pace of the employer.
Allow Room for Fun
If you do spend too much time on your job search, you’ll end up feeling overstressed. Mix in some healthy diversions, such as exercise. Maybe meet some friends for lunch or coffee. You can even use these diversions as networking opportunities. If you want to keep a positive mindset, you need to keep your stress at a healthy level. Finding a job is important, but so is your mental health.
Don’t Keep Your Job Hunt to Yourself
Tell everyone you’re looking for a new job. Often, it’s the “friend of a friend of a friend” who gives you the lead that lands you on your job. The more people who know you need a job, the better. Many of your friends and their friends work for companies that are hiring, so keep that in mind.
Make Yourself a Timeline and Financial Plan
When you make the timeline for your job hunt, plan for it to last multiple months. It might not take that long, but it is completely normal if it does. If you end up finding a job before your timeline is through, you will be pleasantly surprised. Meanwhile, you want to map out your financial situation. This will make sure you can afford to take the necessary time to find the right job opportunity, not just the first job opportunity. You might have to make some short-term sacrifices to your lifestyle, but it will be worth it in the end.
When you do find the right job, celebrate! You put a lot of time and energy into your job search. Even if it doesn’t feel like an accomplishment, it is something you should be proud of. Take the time to enjoy the fact that your hard work paid off.