Looking for work can be demoralizing — especially as days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months. It’s easy to fall into a slump and lose hope, but if this happens to you, fear not. There are ways to hit the reset button and get your head back in the game. In a Mashable post titled “3 Ways to Revive a Job Search That’s Dragging On,” Joy Lin of the Muse shares some excellent tips for frustrated jobseekers everywhere. Read on for a summary of her advice.
1. Consider Broadening Your Search — If you’re fixated on finding a certain type of job with specific responsibilities and hours, you might have what Lin calls “tunnel vision.” Take a step back and assess your search thus far. If you’re frequently being rejected by companies, or if you’re not hearing back at all, it could be that you lack certain skills that would make you a stronger candidate. If that’s the case, consider an internship or course that might make you more attractive to potential employers. Conversely, if you’re turning down a lot of offers, you might be too stodgy in your thinking. Consider being more flexible and possibly taking a “bridge job” to earn some money while you figure out your next move.
2. Don’t Go Strictly Digital — While the Internet has become an invaluable tool for jobseekers, “the vast majority of jobs aren’t listed online,” according to Lin. These positions get filled through referrals, and that means good old-fashioned face-to-face networking. If your search has come to a standstill, it could be that you’ve exhausted your network, in which case Lin recommends attending industry events, joining professional organizations, and generally putting yourself out there. It also helps to introduce yourself to others via social media and try to arrange meet-ups. These are opportunities to discuss your goals and put yourself in a position to pick up valuable insights. “By extending your job search beyond your computer screen (with real-life conversations and new communities), you’ll gain access into circles that are otherwise out of reach,” Lin says.
3. Take Time for Other Things — If you’re spending all of your time in front of the computer, fruitlessly applying for jobs, it’s time to step away from the desk and do something you enjoy. By engaging in creative pursuits, you’ll recharge your batteries and bolster your spirits, and that’s not all. You might pick up skills or learn things about yourself that affect your career. It worked for Steve Jobs, who credited a calligraphy class with inspiring the unique typeface he developed on his early Mac computers.