Threats that comes with Job searching stamina

29 July 2019
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Threats that comes with Job searching stamina

When you’re looking for a job, remember is a continuous threat process—not a film trick, you just have to make sure you up for the searching stamina. Here’s how to finish the race a winner. “A lot of people underestimate how challenging job searching is and how much emotional energy and time it takes,” says Elaine Varelas, managing partner at Keystone Partners, a career-management firm in Boston. Job hunting requires stamina—a lot of it—because it’s easy to lose steam and gain stress along the way.

 

“Job search fatigue is common, particularly in industries where there are limited job opportunities,” says Lynn Carroll, a Philadelphia-based career coach. “It can feel extremely frustrating.”

If you’re at the top of your game, you may be able to find a job in eight weeks, says Monster’s career expert Vicki Salemi. But realistically speaking, it could take a lot longer to get a job offer.

But you can do it. Remember: A job search is a marathon—not a sprint. To stay motivated, dodge these stamina killers and keep forging ahead.

 

 

Job searching Stamina-killer No. 1: Ignoring emotions
Getting laid off or fired from a job can torpedo your mood, which can suck the joy from any activity. It’s not exactly the optimal time to take on anything that requires passion and focus.

“A lot of people dive into their job search the day after they were laid off, and they’re in the wrong mindset,” Carroll laments. “You have to do some processing first.”

Even when you leave a job voluntarily, “there’s often still a grieving process,” Carroll says. “I left a job I loved because it wouldn’t let me balance my family with my work, so I quit, but it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made.”

To get back on track, Columbus, Ohio–based career coach Sarah Johnston recommends leaning on others for support. “Talking to friends or family can reignite your energy,” she says.

 

Job searching Stamina-Killer No. 2: Negative People and Information

“How do you feel after you talk to each person in your life — drained or energized?” asks Severson.

Apply that question across the board and you’ll know what — and who — is sapping your energy so you can avoid them. Talk about your job hunt with only the most energizing friends, family members and colleagues, and seek out positive acquaintances.

The same goes for news: If you’re paralyzed after reading or watching the news, avoid it. You can always go back to it when you feel stronger.

 

Stamina-Killer No. 3: Pursuing Work You Don’t Love

If you’re going after the same old work, it’ll be harder to keep trying every day. Banish mediocrity and seek out the work you’re passionate about.

Not only will it keep you going, says Perschel, but doing so also has a surprise bonus: It increases your chance of landing that dream job.

“Assume there are other people out there who have the same skills,” says Perschel. “But that energy, commitment, and passion? It can be your real differentiator.” 

“Assume there are other people out there who have the same skills,” says Perschel. “But that energy, commitment, and passion? It can be your real differentiator.”

Stamina-killer No. 4: Applying for every job
If your game plan is to apply to as many job ads as possible, you’re doing it wrong. “Putting all of your energy into just the sheer volume of applications you submit can wear you down fast,” says Carroll. “It can also decrease the number of callbacks you get because you’re not taking the time to tailor your resume to the job description.” When that happens, momentum wanes quickly.

Rather than applying to every single position you see, you need to focus your search on what specific aspects of a job will make you happy. Make a list and compare that to what you read in job ads. Only apply to ones that look to be a good fit. Another option, Carroll suggests, is zeroing in on five to 10 companies that you want to work for and apply to applicable job openings at these employers.

“The more you invest in each of your job applications,” says Varelas, “the higher your chances will be of achieving positive results.”

 

Stamina-killer No. 5: Setting unrealistic goals
The quickest way to lose your drive is to overwhelm yourself with impossible goals. Right there, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Varelas advises setting measurable goals that you can accomplish. For instance, “This week I’m going to send my CV to every job vacancy I find ” or, “Today, I’m going to send thank-you notes to everyone I met with last week.” Completing these small achievements can help you stay engaged.