Whether you’re looking for a new job due to necessity or choice, it can be challenging to keep up the search. The constant stress of being unemployed can lead to burnout, forcing you to abandon your search. Before feeling defeated, try implementing new strategies to maintain your job search.
Experts claim that patience, perseverance, and careful planning can help you get through the difficult times of unemployment.
Steve Dalton, the career programming director of Duke University’s Fuqua School of business, and Leslie Boudreau, the founder of a San Francisco-based executive search firm known as BVOH Search, shared their advice on how to keep the search alive and avoid burnout.
According to the experts, maintaining a solid presence on the professional networking site LinkedIn can help you land a job. They noted that it is the go-to platform for hiring managers and recruiters. Besides being active on the platform, maintaining a current profile can also help you connect with other professionals.
To maintain a positive outlook and keep up with the changes in the job market, you must establish a sounding board composed of people you can trust. These individuals can provide you with support and insight into the industry.
During a crucial time in your career, your colleagues can offer you valuable advice and guidance. They may even be able to help you land a new job.
According to Dalton, people measure their job search by how many applications they’ve submitted. However, these don’t necessarily correlate to success. He said that competing against other job seekers for one position over and over again can lead to burnout.
Try setting aside time for informational meetings with successful people to avoid job fatigue. Instead of asking about job openings at your company, ask them about their experiences and how they got where they are today.
One of the most frustrating parts of the job search is constantly applying for different jobs and waiting for results.
To avoid getting discouraged, try reaching out to an expert to analyze the factors hindering your search. One of these might be the way your CV or Résumé is written. Improving this aspect can help you stand out and get hired. You can also hire career counselors to help you during the interview stage.
After a long time in the job market without success, it’s essential to reevaluate your career path. Doing so can help you avoid getting burned out.
Your frustration can get the best of you during an interview, negatively affecting your chances of getting hired. Instead of being desperate, try taking a break from the situation. Even though it’s hard to keep up with the demands of the job market, taking a break can be beneficial if you can afford it.
Since millions of companies and job-seekers are out there, you must be strategic. According to Dalton, you should schedule interviews with potential employers interested in learning more about you. These companies can be more likely to talk to you and provide you with an opportunity to connect with their management.
List the companies you’re most interested in using LinkedIn tools and look for things you can share with them, such as your college connections and contacts. Then, rank them according to their desirability, and check job posting sites such as Glassdoor and Indeed for any openings that match your qualifications