Don’t let the job search get you down

Don’t let the job search get you down. 

 

Finding a new job is an inherently stressful process. It takes time and effort to seek out and discover the right opportunity, and even more time to actually secure that coveted offer. It’s no surprise that a majority of job seekers experience regular bouts of stress and anxiety related to their search. According to Forbes, almost 40% of job seekers report that the expectation of stress is what keeps them from beginning their search in the first place.

It’s normal to face rejection and be left discouraged, but it’s important to temper those doubts and remain vigilant in your hunt. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

1. The 15-minute mindset — You don’t need to hunker down and spend hours a day toiling away on job boards. Set a goal to spend 15 minutes a day doing things that will improve your chances of finding employment. This could be updating your resume, polishing your LinkedIn profile, or even sending a few emails to prospective employers. You’d be surprised how much good a simple check-in message can do for you.

2.  Expand your skill base — In today’s fast-evolving marketplace, it’s crucial to possess a wide range of valuable skills. More than one-third of job hunters believe they don’t have the necessary skills to be competitive in the job market. Luckily, picking up skills as a professional is easier than ever. Find a course online or at a local learning center.

3. Find a job hunt buddy –You can make anything hard more manageable when you have someone else to hold you accountable. Stay in contact with a friend or acquaintance who’s on the same path. Having somebody to trade tips, offer advice and empathize with can be crucially important for your mental health.

The perfect job for you exists somewhere – it just takes some time to discover.