Adopting new strategies in the job search

06.20.2014


Adopting new strategies in the job search
Adopting new strategies in the job search

Job searching takes time, but you shouldn't let the pressure get to you. No matter how long you look, there are plenty of opportunities out there for you. If you feel your confidence wavering, there are some steps you can take that will help you get back on the right track.

The Times-Herald-Record Online recommended that the first step you should take is to simply overcome any fear you're experiencing. Though the search itself can seem imposing at times, you should also consider what resisting that imposition can do to your efforts. If you don't extend yourself well enough during your job search, that can detract from your long-term odds. It's natural if you feel nervous when you're searching for opportunities, but try to take on any challenges head-on. If you do, the confidence boost you'll likely gain will help extend itself much further than you might expect.

You should also try to remain as patient as possible. Except for a few situations, the search is likely going to take some time before you find the right opportunity for you. As long as you keep working toward finding new opportunities, you'll have a better mindset. This in itself will help improve your chances, as that optimism will shine through in your cover letters and your interviews. 

Be selective

Business Insider reported that if you're applying to too many jobs, you might find more interviews, but you might also pull yourself away from the work you're best suited for. Mass applications can overload your job search and cloud your view of what you really want to do. In some cases, it will also be clear to hiring managers that you don't have a specific direction for your search's long-term improvements. Instead, you should narrow down your approach to certain positions or companies at a time. If you take the time you'd spend sending out eight applications you're lukewarm about and instead spend it on three applications you feel strongly about, your cover letters will likely show major signs of improvement.

This extra time and detail will also help you prevent making any mistakes in your job search. Too many people miss good opportunities simply because they miss a step in any given application's instructions. Whether you're rushing and skip steps or overthinking things and doing too much, hiring managers likely won't be huge fans of the final result. Take time before clicking "send" to review the instructions, and make sure you've followed them accordingly. Managers will likely want to see your ability to do what they want you to. Any misspent efforts will harm your chances. Taking a few extra minutes will improve them.

Roll with the punches

Every job search will have a few situations where the applicant and the company aren't right for each other. Don't be disheartened if you hear negative news, however. Simply focus on the next application. Part of the job search is mental, and if you let a rejection get you down, you might unintentionally allow your next few applications to have errors or the wrong language, which will only make things worse. Take a second to breathe every so often, and be realistic. Not every interview will be successful, but you only need one to turn out that way.

Also, don't let the job search consume you. Everyone only has a certain amount of energy they can expend toward one goal or another, and if you keep the bigger picture in mind, you can reinvigorate your searches. If you take a break every so often, you'll find yourself coming back to the search with a clear head and a better idea of what you want to do next.

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