Searching for a job can be a difficult and taxing experience, especially during a time of economic hardship. While the financial strain is an obvious worry, the emotional and mental strain are just as important to acknowledge and manage. We've got tips to help you stay positive and remain motivated throughout your journey.
You may feel as though your only focus right now is applying for a new job. While that’s a giant piece of the puzzle, it’s not the only important one. Get laser focused in every aspect of your life: physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and of course, professionally.
Step #2: Implement “start, stop, continue”
A helpful exercise to practice is “start, stop, continue.” Evaluate the things happening in your life right now. What are the things you need to start doing? What are the things you need to stop doing? And what are the things you need to continue to do to be successful? These three elements are important to focus on because they can steer you in the right direction when you’re facing significant challenges.
Step #3: Reach out to your network
This is the time to reach out to friends and former co-workers and bosses. Don’t be embarrassed or shy when it comes to networking. You might be surprised by the willingness of others to advocate for you and help you find your next position. If you’re looking for a career or opportunity, make that clear when you’re speaking with your contacts. And be open to opportunities that come up. Sometimes you have to take a detour and accept a job that you weren’t expecting but that can lead to a great opportunity in an organization.
Search for networking events happening in your area, either in-person or virtually. You may be surprised by how many people, businesses and peers are participating in them. If you don’t find a virtual event that pertains to your career, network or area, create one. Your peers may be impressed with your initiative and motivation, and potential employers can see your face, determination and understand if you’re a good candidate for a job based on your virtual meeting.
The job search can be daunting and difficult. Through it all, don’t forget the value you’ll bring to a future job or career and remember that any period of unemployment is a temporary situation. It can be hard but remember not to let your circumstance define you or confine you. Stay focused, humble and flexible, and don’t lose sight of the end goal or what you want to achieve.
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