Searching for a job in itself is a very taxing endeavour. Even more so if you’ve not heard from the companies you applied for. Considering the amount of things you have to do (not to mention the paperwork you have to work on), it can get very disappointing to not get any word from the company you sent your application to, or worse, hear that someone else has got the job you wanted when you make a follow up.
While it can get very tiring and exhausting, before you give up and throw in the towel, here are 5 things you need to remember when playing the job search game.
Don’t give up
Didn’t get the job the first time you applied? Don’t worry. Others have experienced the same thing, and you just have to remember that you should never give up.
Perhaps the most ideal mindset to have when searching for a job is “no retreat, no surrender”, as this is an attitude that will allow you to brush off stress and disappointment easily. It’s fairly logical too because if you do give up on searching, how are you going to find a job to sustain you?
Sent at least 5 applications and you’ve not heard from a single recruiter? Then there must be something wrong with how you made those resumes. Do your homework and find out how to make better ones. Do research on how to properly present yourself in an interview. Wake up extra early to avoid traffic on your way to that job interview.
All these are potential steps you can take to improve your chances of getting the job. The best thing about being in the job search game is that you constantly learn how to improve everything about yourself. It will involve how you view yourself as an individual and, on a professional context, how to handle certain situations (i.e. rejection, talking with others of relatively higher professional standing than you, etc.).
Set SMART goals
Setting a SMART goal allows you to analyse what went wrong with your job search campaign, thus giving you insight to improve on the way you do things.
SMART is actually an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic and Time-based. Make sure that when you’re setting your job search campaign goals, they are “SMART.”
Consider the example above, you’ve sent 5 applications and none of them got a response. Try sending more than that (maybe 10) and measure response rates. Get an idea of how long companies in the industry usually respond to applications and set that time period on a calendar. If someone responds, great! Take note of what you did and how you did it for future reference.
This scientific approach to the job search game is actually going to put you on top of the other players who just depend on luck and random number generation.
Go the extra mile
Going the extra mile allows you to keep yourself motivated and improve your job search efforts especially when some techniques that you’ve been using for the longest time fail. One notable example (besides the one mentioned above) would be if you’ve been looking for opportunities in job board sites, why not try out LinkedIn (a social media site for professionals) to connect with people in the industry and engage them there?
Going the extra mile also involves following up after interviews and maybe even blogging about the industry you’re applying for as a professional. Besides improving your chances of getting the job, it also sends the employers the impression that you are willing to do more to get the job. This level of commitment is much sought after by employers and recruiters.
It’s okay to fail
Perhaps one of the most important mindsets to keep in this instance is “it’s okay to fail”. Not getting the job offer doesn’t make you any less of a person. It only sends the message that you can and need to improve on your job search strategies. At the end of the day, failing will teach you so many lessons – the important part is learning from it.
What about you? What do you keep in mind when searching for a job?
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