When you’re job searching you may find that you go through periods where you feel down and demotivated. This can have a negative impact on how you come across in your applications and affect your interview performance.
Consider some of the following strategies to help you stay focused, motivated and positive.
Focusing on the idea that you’re in a difficult job market where no jobs are available can quickly become counter-productive. Instead, focus on the positives and the progress you’ve made. Think about how far the quality of your applications and interviews have come since you first started your job search.
Try not to dwell on things that you’re unable to change. The reason that you’re out of work may be a commercial business decision that led to redundancy; a situation that you’re unable to control. Instead look at what you can change, for example, tailoring your CV for every role that you apply for or preparing thoroughly before an interview.
Today’s job market may be very different to when you were last looking for work.
Use a variety of job search methods to maximise your chances of success and don’t just stick to what you know. Consider using recruitment agencies, online job boards, online networking and attending networking events.
In the current job market, quality is more important than quantity. Applying for 20 jobs a day and not receiving any response can be disheartening. It might be better to submit one tailored CV or application rather than sending out 20 generic ones.
The average employer receives over 50 CVs for each vacancy so you need to stand out from the crowd. Try to focus your energy on jobs where you meet 90% or more of the criteria.
Always try to find out why you didn’t get a particular role and use this feedback to move forward. You’ll find you improve with each application or interview, but it’s this feedback that will really help you progress.
Many people report feeling lost or that they have no purpose when they’re out of work, especially if they’ve previously been in work for a long time. To prevent this from happening it’s important to create an action plan.
Set targets or goals for what you want to achieve by the end of the day/week/month and stick to them. This could be things like applying for a certain number of jobs, approaching a specific recruiter or making calls to your network.
Build in variety and try not to focus on the same activity for the whole day.
It’s important that you take regular breaks and time out for yourself. For example, you could tackle that DIY to do list that has been building up for the last 5 years, take up a new hobby, learn a new skill or become a volunteer. Regular exercise and eating healthily will also have a positive effect on your physical and emotional wellbeing by helping to reduce stress and improve focus.
Stay in touch with your colleagues as they can help you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in your industry.
Ensure you’re open with your friends and family and let them know how you’re feeling. It can also be useful to talk to someone who‘s removed from the situation, such as a career coach, who can provide an outside perspective and fresh ideas to help you move forward.
If you’re unemployed or facing redundancy we can help. Work one-to-one with a professional career coach online, over the phone, or face-to-face and find your way back to work. CABA’s career coaching support is available free of charge to all past and present ICAEW members, ACA students, ICAEW staff members, their husbands, wives, life partners or dependent children up to the age of 25.
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