Searching for a new job is always stressful, and in this current job market, a search can take many weeks or months. The seemingly never-ending cycle of resume writing, cover letter editing, and application sending can quickly become tiresome and frustrating when there are few call backs or interviews. How can you maintain your job focus and recharge from job search fatigue?
Here are 3 ways to maintain your focus and keep your spirits up when you're looking for a new job.
- Find your true motivation. When looking for a job, it's helpful to have a motivation besides a paycheck. Is the dream job you're looking for in a new career field? Does the job you seek reflect your hobbies or goals? Understanding what drives you can help focus your search and give you fuel to approach the positions you want with vigor and passion. The more you understand your motivation, the more excited you'll be to apply to jobs that interest you.
- Pick up a bridge job or volunteer. A bridge job--also known as a transition job--will help you pay the bills and relieve financial stress as you look for a long-term position. A bridge job does not have to be your dream job: in fact, a bridge job as a barista or telemarketer will help you hone your search without feeling the panic or pressure of looming bills. You'll instead be able to apply for quality jobs, not just quantity.
If a bridge job is out of the question, volunteering can also help relieve stress. Not only will it add more experience to your resume, but volunteering will give you more resources and references for other jobs. It can also give you a new motivation to find a job.
- Connect offline. The most valuable way to find a job is to take a break from job boards and meet people offline. This is where reconnecting with former co-workers and mentors can help your search: they can put the word out and recommend you for jobs they may know of. In addition, you should try meeting people with jobs you're interested in or who are employed at companies you want to work at. They can help you optimize your resume and give you valuable advice about the position or workplace. You'll also get more responses with an in-person meet-up than a cold call or email.
Overall, it's important to take a break from your job search in order to recover from job search fatigue. By taking a productive break from your search, you can improve your chances of finding the right job. To learn more job search strategies, or to find a new job, contact us.
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