Maintaining Motivation During A Long Job Search

Maintaining Motivation During A Long Job Searchacebook

Some people luck out on their job search and land something in their field early on. For others the search can feel unending. When you’re met with difficulties and disappointments on a consistent basis it’s hard to stay motivated. But take heart, all job searches eventually come to an end. In the time between this time and that, here are a few tips to help keep your spirits up.

 

Get re-inspired

When our road is long sometimes we lose sight of why we set foot on it in the first place. A great way to get back in step with yourself is by talking with someone who has already accomplished the goal you’re after. Ask them if you can take them out for coffee. Pick their brain. Listen to their stories. Ask their advice.  Or if there’s no one you can talk with personally find a book about someone who has traversed a similar path and read about their journey.

 

Hearing someone else talk about how they accomplished their goals makes the whole prospect feel tangible. Remind yourself if they did it, you can too.

 

Accomplish other goals

Even if you haven’t been able to accomplish the get-a-job goal there are still plenty of other goals you CAN accomplish. Get to it. Make a list of things you want to get done and go about accomplishing them one by one. Accomplishment makes you feel good about yourself. Give yourself lots of reasons to feel good about yourself!

 

Give yourself a break

An unaccomplished goal staring you in the face every day it feels like a starving monster demanding all your attention. You can feed it all day long, but it will never get its fill. That’s why, no matter how much it roars, sometimes you just have walk away. Take breaks. Go for a coffee. Go for a walk. See your friends. Cook yourself a meal. Take time each day to do things you like. It may feel like you’re wasting time, but in realty you’re taking care of yourself mentally and physically. The monster will be waiting for you when you get back. When you’re in a better place you’ll be more inclined to feed it better, more nutritious food – which will ultimately get it out of your life sooner!

 

Create a routine

Following a routine every day helps to free up brain space for things you actually want to be thinking about. Put the things you do every day on autopilot and tackle the things that require full brain power with a full brain.

Job Hunting Checklist

Job Hunting Checklist

Finding a job can feel like a pretty daunting endeavor, especially at the beginning. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a job hunting checklist of everything you need to keep track of throughout the process? Hopefully this will help!

 

During the application process

  • Take relevant courses, attend lectures, network
  • Update your LinkedIn profile
  • Ensure every resume you send out is tailored to the job you’re applying for
  • Find the name of the hiring manager and use it in your cover letter
  • Include links to your online presence (online portfolio, blog etc.) on your resume
  • Send your resume as a PDF

 

Phone interview

  • Prepare to take the call in a quiet place. Be ready 10 minutes early
  • Print out any reference materials you might want to refer to
  • Set a professional tone. Answer with, “Hello this is – “
  • You don’t have body language cues. Ensure your voice is upbeat and energetic
  • Take the time to digest questions. Collect your thoughts before answering
  • Specifically tell the interviewer you are interested in the job
  • Thank the interviewer for their time
  • Send a follow-up thank you letter

 

In-person Interview

  • Print a couple of copies of your resume and cover letter and have them with you just in case
  • Research the company culture before-hand. Know what they’re like and try and get in sync with their attitude
  • Keep hair and makeup simple and professional
  • Make sure you arrive at least ten minutes early. (But don’t go overboard and show up more than half an hour before hand)
  • Treat every person you encounter with respect
  • Remember to turn off your phone
  • Use your research to break the ice. Mention something interesting you read about the company
  • Have questions at the ready that demonstrate your interest in the company and the position
  • Be aware of your body language. Sit up straight. Shoulders relaxed. Maintain eye contact. Smile
  • Discuss how your experiences relate to the job. Have stories/examples ready
  • Listen carefully. Ensure you are answering the questions they are asking
  • Express your interest in the job verbally
  • Thank the interviewer for their time
  • Send a thank you note. Hand written thank you notes are better. Reiterate your interest in the company and the job

Do What You Love

Do What You Love

Jim Carrey famously wrote himself a check for ten million dollars for acting services rendered.

When Jim Carrey wrote that check he wasn’t already an established actor on the way to the huge bucks. He was a poor, wannabe actor in Los Angles with thousands of other wannabes all striving for the same big breaks. Jim kept going to auditions, putting himself out there on stand-up stages, failing and succeeding, always with that check in his wallet. Ten years after writing the check, Jim Carrey made that ten million dollars for Dumb And Dumber.

Of course, there was no guarantee that Jim Carrey would actually ever make the ten million dollars he was striving for, but fail or succeed, he never stopped working toward it.

If fear of failure is keeping you from pursuing the things you love, you need to remember you can fail at anything – a thing you love or a thing you don’t really care about. Even if you fail at the thing you love, you spent tons of time doing and working toward a thing you love. That in itself is success!

Afraid To Ask?

Afraid To Ask?

 

How often have you needed help or advice but refrained from asking? What stops you? The fear of rejection? Embarrassment? The conviction that the best way to do something is to do it yourself?

 

If help is easily given, most people are more than willing to offer it. More than that they enjoy helping when and where they can because help is a cycle. I help you, you help me. We all grow and succeed by helping each other.

 

Amanda Palmer is a self proclaimed “Rock Star” who made it pretty big in the indie scene when she raised over a million dollars in under a month from her fanbase of about

20,000 people. She attributes her success to being an excellent asker.

 

 

Amanda Palmer’s Ted Talk, “The Art of Asking,” is about the value of asking for help, and how the person helping you is actually repaid in how good it feels to help another person. She also wrote a book about the same topic.

 

According to Amanda, asking and giving is a never ending cycle. Askers are the best givers because they know what it’s like the be on the other side. And if they can, people genuinely want to give. The problem is so many of us have a problem with asking.

 

We don’t like asking for help or for money because it makes us feel guilty or ashamed for needing the help. But it shouldn’t. Because the day will come when someone will ask you and it’s the best feeling in the world to be able to return the favor to someone else.

 

Career related asking

One of the best things you can do as far as your career is concerned is to learn to ask. Ask people for help if you’re confused, don’t just blindly hope for the best. If you’re looking to learn something new or want to try something different, ask someone who’s already successful in that field if they’ll mentor you. If you need someone to take your shift, ask them. If you need to borrow a little money from a friend, just ask.

 

As long as you don’t abuse the asking privilege more often than not you’ll find the answer is “yes”. No one will think less of you for asking. We all need help sometimes. And we’re all in the position to provide help sometimes.

 

Positive physical effects of asking

On a more scientific note, asking actually has awesome effects on the brain. If you want someone to like you more, all you have to do is ask them for a small favor. Even if

they don’t like you, they’ll likely do it to not be a jerk.

 

Once they do it, their brain assumes they must like you, otherwise they wouldn’t be doing you this favor. So, they, in turn, like you better.

 

Asking and helping create bonding relationships

Asking and helping bonds people together. We love to help each other. It’s in our nature. We evolved to want to make sure everyone is okay. It makes all of us feel safe and secure and good about ourselves and each other.

 

 

So, next time you need help, don’t just push through it yourself. Give yourself a little nudge and ask. The worst they can say is no.

Set Yourself Apart From The Job Hunting Pack

Set Yourself Apart From The Job Hunting Pack

 

A generation ago landing that first job was pretty easy compared to the situation now. Job seekers simply didn’t have to contend with the fierce competition for every position the way they do now.

 

With so many people vying for your job, you may find it’s the little things that set you apart from the pack.

 

Do your homework

If you want to shine during an interview, then thoroughly acquaint yourself with the company before you even begin tailoring your resume for them or writing your scintillating cover letter. That means checking out their About Us page, their Facebook page, Twitter. Get a feeling for the sort of company they are and incorporate that into your words, in person and on paper (or virtual paper).

 

Go over your resume with a magnifying glass

We don’t literally mean you should go over your resume with a magnifying glass, but we do mean you should check and check again and then get someone else to check for you to confirm there aren’t any typos or spelling mistakes on your resume and cover letter. Before you send it out print your resume and give the hard copy on final going over.

 

Follow up

After sending in your resume you might think your part of the initial application process is over, but there’s still one more thing you need to do. Follow up within a week. Follow up can be as simple as a quick note to the HR person or hiring manager, confirming how enthusiastic you are about the opportunity. You can also reiterate exactly how it is that you’re going to benefit the company.

 

Thank them for the interview

Within twenty four hours of your interview, follow it up with a thank you note. In the note, thank the interviewer for meeting with you, and once again, quickly touch on why you are going to be such an asset to the company. If you can manage to squeeze in something you discussed during the interview, brownie points for you!

 

Always have your elevator pitch ready

You never know when you’re going to run into someone who could possibly benefit you professionally. The last thing is want is to find yourself tongue tied when what you should be doing is wowing them with all the reasons you’re such a great candidate. Your pitch should be short somewhere between thirty seconds and a minute and it should include who you are, your great attributes and what you’re looking for.

Work on it unit you’ve come up with something snappy and attention getting. Practice your elevator pitch when you don’t need it, so when you do need it, it chirps out of your mouth like an early morning songbird.