Sometimes however, the journey takes a bit longer than expected and you
can feel like you’re losing momentum. Weeks and even months may go by
without a response. This could be for any number of reasons: there
are limited roles available in your field, there aren’t many jobs on
the market due to economic conditions, it’s the wrong time of year,
or the interviewer decided to hire internally.
Regardless of the cause, it’s easy to become discouraged and unmotivated.
The reality is that one of the biggest challenges you’ll face during
the process is remaining positive and focused until you land the job.
Finding a job requires time and resilience, so we’ve shared some tips
for every stage of your job hunt.
Even when your motivation is high, broad tasks like “find a job” and
“network” can feel daunting. Instead, break up your job hunt into
micro-tasks which are realistic and achievable. For example, set a goal to
update a section of your resume each day, network with two new people
each week, or apply for three jobs a week.
Search smarter, not harder
Looking for a job is not simply ‘a numbers game’. Many candidates take a
scattergun approach and apply for almost every job they see online,
and while applying online is something you should be doing, it’s not your
only option. Take the time to network with hiring managers and people who
work at companies you love - you may get access to the “hidden” jobs
market, where jobs are undisclosed or referral only, and therefore have
Make friends with a recruiter When you’re looking for a job,
a recruiter can be your best friend. Recruiters are professionally trained
to identify your skills and match you with a company looking for your
talent and experience. A recruiter will constantly be on the lookout
for opportunities for you, and will even help with pre-interview advice
during the hiring process. They’ll provide constructive feedback
after your interview too, so even if you don’t get the first job you go
for, you’ll be in a stronger position next time. This can help to
keep you motivated for the next role which comes up.
Join job search groups It often helps to talk to people who
are going through the same experience as you, and there are lots
of professional sites which connect like-minded job seekers. Look for
groups on LinkedIn and other networking sites to find communities
that share job listings, tips and advice. Recruiters often target these
groups, so you’ve got a better chance of getting noticed and hearing
about the latest roles by joining.
Customise your CV and cover letter This might seem obvious,
but a common mistake that many people make is using exactly the same CV
and cover letter for every job application. Every role is different
and, while you don’t need to completely rewrite your CV from scratch
for each opportunity, it’s worth taking the time to tailor it. Make sure
your CV highlights the skills and work history most relevant for the
job; check the person specification and job description to
understand what – and who – they’re looking for. Read our blog on
updating your CV in 2019
Your cover letter should be tailored to every application, and addressed
to the hiring manager if you can find their details. The effort to
research this online, or to make a quick phone call to confirm their
details, will be worth it. Mention how you found out about the job,
and showcase your qualifications and experience which make you
suitable for the role.
Customising your CV and cover letter when applying for a job can actually
help keep you motivated – you’ll be sure that you’ve given the
application your very best, and the process of highlighting what makes you
a great candidate for the role is bound to boost your confidence.
Get constructive criticism
Aside from post-interview advice from your recruiter, friends and family
are a great source of honest feedback throughout your job hunt, and
can help you pinpoint areas that might need some work. Depending on what
it is (interviews, CV writing, cover letters), you can get
constructive (and free) advice– and it can also be really motivating
to hear about your strong points, along with identifying the areas you can
Employers value self-starters who are committed to developing their job
skills. Once you start looking for jobs, take the opportunity to
identify any gaps in your skillset or work experience, and pay attention
to any development areas mentioned in interview feedback. There are
plenty of opportunities to improve your skills, ranging from
volunteering and interning, to short courses and online learning. If
you’re changing careers or this will be your first job, emphasise
your relevant transferrable skills that will make for a smooth transition
role. Read our blog on updating your CV when changing careers here.
Find a mentor No matter what stage of your career you are at,
partnering with a mentor is always beneficial. The right mentor will
not only keep you motivated but also offer tips and advice on your job
search and career as a whole. Try to find a mentor who works in your
industry; they will not only be able to guide you with specific advice,
but may also introduce you to other potential employers.
Ask for recommendations Speak with any current or former
colleagues and employers, and ask them to write you a small
recommendation on your LinkedIn profile - LinkedIn even has a feature
that has a template for this! These recommendations will keep your
spirits up during the job search, and are important public signals to
potential employers that your skills are valued.
If you haven’t been successful for a job that you thought you were the
perfect candidate for, it can be a difficult decision to accept. When
this happens, it’s important that you learn to accept the interviewer’s
decision and move on, rather than dwelling on what went wrong. Ask
the recruiter or employer for feedback about your interview, and you
can put their comments and advice into practice for next time.
Learn from your mistakes Of course it’s disappointing to find
out that an interview didn’t go well, but you can use this as an
opportunity to improve. In addition to any feedback you’ve received,
take the time to research the next company you interview for, and
prepare your responses, especially ones to any tricky questions (such as
explaining gaps in your work history).
Take a day off Remember to look after your mental health
during the job search. Finding a job doesn’t become any easier
when you’re tired, and pushing yourself too much can lead to
burnout. Schedule in free days where you turn off the computer and
stop thinking about your CV, job applications and interview questions. A
bit of downtime should mean you to return to your job search
feeling rejuvenated, with a positive mindset.
Stay active Exercise is an important part of remaining
healthy, and has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety as well
as improving analytical skills and thinking power. Take the time to
incorporate some exercise into your routine. This could be
anything, from going for a walk around the block to heading to the gym
or enjoying a yoga class.
Look at the big picture Finally, take a step back and
realise that this situation is only temporary. Although you may be tired
and frustrated, you will eventually find a job - it’s just a matter
of time. The important thing is to persevere and stay motivated,
because your dream job could be just around the corner.
If you need help updating your CV or to find out about our
latest roles, contact your
Adecco branch and
connect with a recruiter today!