We’ve all been there: Searching for a job has become tiresome and to top it off you’re running out of energy for it. You’ve done the –CV, phone calls, interviews, feedback and repeat- process. What you want now is a job. Since there’s no job in sight (yet) you could give up on life and take to your bed Or you could change the way you think about it. You can’t change your current reality by clicking your fingers but you can change your approach and that’s kind of the same thing. This starts the moment you decide it starts. Intrigued? Read on …
1. Put it on paper
Whatever you’ve been doing up to this point, stop. Stop right there and tear off a fresh piece of A4 and a pen. Start by writing down what you want out of your life. You are the master of your own destiny and can design your life as you’d like it to be. This is the case, regardless of who you are. There will be a way and we’ll help you find that way, in this article.
On your page create sub-headings of anything you’d like. Some pointers might be, what you want out of life, what you need in order to make that happen and then relate this to your work. Add to the list what you’d like to achieve this year (be reasonable with yourself) and what you’d like to achieve in 5 years, where do you see yourself 10 years from now. Next to this, write down the things you think you need to be doing in order to make this a reality.
Many people feel stuck or keep treading the same path when actually; the resolve is easier and far more in-reach than they think. If you tell yourself you can’t change location or can’t get a job then you’ve told your brain you’ve failed before you actually have!
One of the best things to add to the bottom of your list is: Enjoy the process.
This might seem strange but you’re in this circumstance, you may as well enjoy it. Enjoy the events you’ll attend and the new friends you’ll meet. Enjoy the fact that you can go and buy bread from your favourite patisserie at 3 in the afternoon and you have no one to answer to. Going to the gym at 11am instead of having to rush before work means you can actually enjoy your day as you wish…this could well be precious time you won’t get back later.
As we’ve mentioned before, doing the things is equally as important as thinking the thoughts
But this really is the case. Nothing appears by magic. However, you can make it appear and be the magician of your own life. How? Refer to that list you wrote above. Somewhere on there attached to “what you need to do in order to make that happen” will likely be, connecting with others, be it through interviews, mentors, volunteering and a great way to do this is to network.
There are two places to start with this right away. Finding the positive people and finding the work-related events.
3. Positive people
When we say networking usually people think that this means a room full of strangers who you need to impress. It doesn’t have to be that but it also doesn’t have to be strangers. Spending time with anyone (family or friends) who back your intention will only strengthen your determination. Those in your life who are supportive will raise you up and the power of thought is all important when trying to achieve anything in life. These are the positive people. Find them and spend time with them.
4. Work-related events.
I don’t have a job how can I find work related events?-Good point, we’ll tell you how:
- Join a job-search group
- Attend work-related events
Either of these options is a great reason to get out of the house and if nothing else, build confidence and meet new people.
If you’re shy, take someone with you. A positive friend.
1: The job search group of related group/meetup should put you in touch with others in a similar situation to yourself. This is a case of surrounding yourself with those on the same mission as you. As a pack, you’ll be stronger than you would be alone.
2: Finding work-related events to attend is easy. Search in Google for your chosen vocation followed by the words:
… Upon further investigation, there will be opportunities to join groups or attend events.
If this isn’t as successful as you’d like, why not create a group on a social site announcing to all “Social Media Executives” that this is the group for them and meet socially. Socialising with those in your field who are currently employed is also helpful. You’ll feel understood and these are the people who will know about any arising opportunities.
5. Keep Moving
If you are feeling tired and fed up with your search then go back to your core and make yourself feel as good as you possibly can from the inside out.
If you eat crap, you’ll feel crap. If you’re in the house all day and you don’t exercise then you’ll start to feel alone and depressed. It’s that simple. Get outside. Move. Go for a walk if you can’t get to the gym.
Read biographies of successful people. Most of us have an idol. Someone we aspire to be or be like. If you couldn’t be you, who else would you be? Reading about even the most successful among us will offer insight into their struggle and you’ll quickly identify that it wasn’t all plain sailing for them either.
7. Be Innovative
If applying for jobs isn’t working, then market yourself. It’s 2018 and everyone is on social media. If you aren’t you’re not getting brownie points for being aloof and mysterious. The first thing prospective employers will do is to type your name into Google.
Any professional online content will only help an employer build a better picture of you. You control what you put out there, so market yourself well. The obvious one is Linked In which every professional should have in 2018, work on your connections with this one. Create a profile on The Job Auction and showcase your skills (letting others know what you’re looking for), you can use any platform to advertise yourself. Instagram is a great way to pick up followers and interact with those using hashtags. You may well find companies/individuals contact you. It happens all the time now. If you’re not present, then how will someone find you when they don’t know you exist? Get out there!
8. Get a mentor
The single best investment you can make in your career is to hire a mentor. Speculate to accumulate as they say. Your job is your profession, who knows better than a professional mentor, what employers are looking for. A mentor will be life-changing. What you’ll get from this will include:
-Professional CV / Cover Letter / Interview advice
-A confidant to report your progress (or concerns) to
-An actual co-worker to work with you on getting you a job
-Productivity, having someone to liaise with will keep you energised and on-track with applications
Where to find a mentor? Look no further at The Job Auction we have all that you need in various packages at the CV Clinic.
9. Offer Help
While you’re enjoying your journey of the job search, planning out your days to ‘make it happen’, why not schedule in time to help others. Volunteering is a great way to meet people, gain invaluable experience and get out there. Helping someone else and offering your services for free will boost your CV and make you feel great. You may learn a new skill. Search The Job Auction for volunteer placements today.
10. Take a Break
We’re all human; we all need a break from time to time. As we’ve said, searching for a job is a job in itself, so you’ll likely need a break from your busy schedule. If you’re meeting your mentor one day a week, scanning job ads across The Job Auction another, putting in applications and creating your own master space online to get your name out there, volunteering 2-3 days, plus squeezing in events and going to the gym then your schedule is going to be jam-packed and you’ll be in need of some shut-eye in no time. Designate a day where you treat yourself, a day which has absolutely nothing to do with searching for a job. A day out. If thoughts of the search pop into your head, that’s ok, you’ve accepted this could take a few months to find a new job, you know you’ve got The Job Auction and your mentor on the case at CV Clinic, so sit back, relax and enjoy your ‘me’ time.