Looking for a job definitely takes patience, determination and the right perspective.
Your job search experience can even make or break you as a job seeker. Some may find it too tiresome to apply for jobs simply because they’ve been rejected countless times. But this shouldn’t be the case. It’s important to have the right attitude the moment you start looking for a job to avoid negative feelings when dealing with rejections.
Here are some tips to help you conquer common job search frustrations:
Find the right jobs. Searching for a job isn’t easy. For starters, it’s hard to identify all the great opportunities you’re qualified for and interested in. Because of this, it’s important to keep your options open by applying for jobs that are not publicly advertised by hiring firms. Doing this facilitates awareness through a more diversified strategy, and you’ll avoid relying on a single source.
You can use LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Indeed and TweetDeck to search for new opportunities and keep yourself updated. With these social media platforms, you can even grow your network, and meet recruiters that may be of help to you in the future.
Submit an appropriate volume of applications. No matter how much you want to send out copies of your resume to multiple organizations and companies, you must know how to prioritize to get the best results.
You can group opportunities by similarity and duration. While some companies prefer looking at standard materials, consider that it may take a lot of time for you to create multiple copies suited to fit each opening. Prioritize to avoid wasting too much time creating resumes and cover letters.
Deal with the “no” and move on. If you do get rejected, instead of sulking about it for a week, use the rejection as a chance to evaluate your actions and work to develop a strategy for how to improve your resume, cover letter, or even your interview answers for the better.
From the moment you start your job search, know that uncertainty and rejection are normal. This makes it easier to cope with rejections. Stay positive you until you reach your work destination.