Friday Focus: How to Beat the Job Hunting Blues

Have you got the job hunting blues? You’re not alone! Job seekers will invariably get at least one rejection letter, while some apply for reams of jobs with little or no success.

Ups and downs are part of the job search, but there are things candidates can do to weather those job hunting lows. Tweet: Ups & downs are part of the job search but there are things you can do to weather those lows @Angel_HR_UK #AngelView http://goo.gl/mCmOx6

As Dolly Parton said:
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Today we’ve got some top tips on creating a kind of metaphorical job seeker umbrella! Tweet: Today we’ve got some top tips on creating a kind of metaphorical job seeker umbrella! @Angel_HR_UK #AngelView http://goo.gl/mCmOx6

​1. Find other failures

We’re half joking of course. But, as Robert Kennedy, brother of JFK, once said: “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

So, remembering that everyone else, even those overachieving Taylor Swifts or Richard Bransons out there, have weathered some storms can put your career blues into perspective.

Try taking a look at some of the rejection letters sent to people before they got where they wanted to go – Stylist has a selection here.

2. Learn from your mistakes

Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, says:
“When you repeat a mistake it’s not a mistake, it’s a decision.”

Job hunting is often a numbers game, but if you’re coming up against a brick wall it may be time to ask yourself some searching questions. Is your CV up to scratch? Or are you punching above, or even below, your weight?

Take a look at your job hunt plan and see what needs tweaking. Or, speak to a recruitment consultant and get some impartial advice from someone in the know.

3. Haven’t got a plan? Get one!

People make wedding plans, business plans and building plans. But who makes a job seeking plan? Successful job seekers, that’s who. Tweet: But who makes a job seeking plan? Successful job seekers, that’s who. @Angel_HR_UK #AngelView http://goo.gl/mCmOx6
Having a clear plan will help you keep you focused while you navigate that uncertain job hunting territory and give your goals backbone.

As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Princes said:
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

4. Now draw up a why list

Job hunting requires energy. And to remain energised you need inspiration. Tweet: Job hunting requires energy. And to remain energised you need inspiration. @Angel_HR_UK #AngelView http://goo.gl/mCmOx6
One way to do this is to identify a set of values or benchmarks against which you can compare the companies and roles you’re targeting.

The point is to aim at meeting your values, because these are what really matter to you.

The University of California, Berkley, suggests asking yourself the following questions:

What would you miss most if you left your current job? Why?
What was your “best job ever?” Why?
When was a time you felt really energised in your work? Why?
What value would you not compromise in a job? Why?

5. Get a backbone

When you’re flagging you need support. Sometimes your nearest and dearest are your biggest cheerleaders, sometimes not so much. Tweet: Sometimes your nearest and dearest are your biggest cheerleaders, sometimes not so much. @Angel_HR_UK #AngelView http://goo.gl/mCmOx6
So, it’s important to find people who’ll keep you motivated on your job seeking journey.

This could be a specific friend or mentor, or even a motivational blog – anyone who can help boost your confidence.

6. Take a little leap

If you feel like you’re doggy paddling through your job hunt then expanding your comfort zone can help stop you going round in circles.

While you can’t guarantee that job application will get you that interview you can fill in those IT knowledge gaps with a course at the local college, or maybe it’s time to do something completely different and train for a 5K run for charity.

By setting yourself a do-able challenge you can achieve something and thus increase your confidence.

7. Don’t be a one trick pony

Don’t put all your job search energy into making job applications.Tweet: Don’t put all your job search energy into making job applications. @Angel_HR_UK #AngelView http://goo.gl/mCmOx6
Building connections and knowledge in your chosen sector is a sure fire way to give you the application edge, as well as reassure you.

Try asking a key connection out for coffee – you’ll be surprised how often people say ‘yes’. Plus, follow industry professionals on social media and pinpoint networking opportunities – if you’re interested in catering you could follow the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE), for example.

While, your recruitment consultant should be a mine of sector information, as well as your job search champion. Tweet: Recruitment consultant should be a mine of sector information also your job search champion @Angel_HR_UK #AngelView http://goo.gl/mCmOx6

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