Long-term job hunting can become depressing and disheartening to almost anyone after certain amount of time. It’s a natural feeling to want to throw in the towel, wave the white flag, and hide under your covers for the rest of your life. If you’ve reached that point of frustration, take a day off from job hunting. Give yourself a vacation from unemployment. That may sound like counterproductive advice, but looking for a new job can often feel like a full-time job in itself. The fact that it does not offer a paycheck can make it even more stressful than actual employment.
Spend a day trying to forget about your unemployed status. Take a look around you and enjoy the little things in life – literally stop and smell the roses. Listen to some good music, spend some time with your kids or enjoy a walk on the beach. Get back in touch with who you are as a person – your interests, hobbies, and your life outside of a job. Remember that you are more than just a paycheck, and it is important to foster your inner self as you move through your job search journey. Losing yourself along the way is the last thing you want to happen, and will likely cause the job search to take even longer.
Prospective employers are tuned in to your energy during an interview and can easily sense the three D’s: Desperation, Depression and Dejection. It is imperative that you regain your self-confidence and sense of self worth before you move forward in the interview process for any additional positions. Until you have your feet firmly planted on the ground and a stable hold over your mental status, continuing the job search will be futile and you will only end up with more frustration. And while we all recognize the importance of a paycheck, you won’t get one any faster with the three D’s hanging around.
Once you have re-centered yourself and you have regained your confidence, rethink your previous job search strategy entirely. Be sure that you are connecting with as many contacts as humanly possible – network, network, network! Instead of constantly searching for job openings, choose companies where you might like to work and try to find a contact within the ranks there. The vast majority of jobs are not advertised through traditional methods, and will likely be filled by word-of-mouth. Staying connected and constantly growing your network will ensure that you are privy to unadvertised job openings, giving you valuable inside information.
Don’t make yourself crazy with thousands of resume revisions. It is important to keep it up to date, but don’t go overboard. If you are fearful that you are under-qualified, stay focused on the positive parts of your resume and impress prospective employers with your optimistic frame of mind. The most important part of your job search lies within yourself, and as long as you are fully centered while giving it your best shot, it’s highly likely that your next paid position is just around the corner.
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