Whether you are in the right place at the right time, or you have been handing out resumes for six months, landing the correct job can be quite challenging. In fact, in can put you on an emotional roller coaster. Some days there are several possibilities and your emotions are up. Then some days there’s nothing and your emotions slide down into the doldrums, and it feels like you will never work again.
Here are some tips on riding that job search train and keeping an optimistic viewpoint during your job search.
- Consult a Professional, who specializes in resume writing and creating text that puts your best skills and accomplishments forward. You may need to pay a fee, but you do need a resume that stands out above the rest. These professionals also have lots of resources and ideas about where to apply, and where openings are for your desired employment.
- Click Your Personal Hygiene Up a Couple of Notches by getting a new hairstyle, or possibly touching up your hair color. Consult a make-up stylist, and get a facial. Get a manicure and pedicure. Go out and get an updated interview outfit, including shoes and handbag. These things can be done on a tight budget, so no excuses.
- Stay Positive and keep yourself upbeat. You choose to be happy, or you can choose to stay in a bad mood. Do some things that bring you joy. Go to the park. Take in a movie matinee. Get on some internet job search sites, or join a few social media sites that are full of people also looking for jobs. It helps to share your feelings or listen to someone else for a change.
- Volunteer especially in your field of interest or expertise. You just may prove yourself to be the kind of person preferred for hire. There are tons of non-profit organizations that need volunteers from physical labor – packing boxes, sorting shelves of food, putting out clothing at thrift stores – to social marketing, creating newsletters, or just being a friend to an elderly person who receives no visitors. Volunteering also looks great on a resume.
- Dwell on Your Accomplishments especially those that have made your previous employers more money, attracted more clients, improved workflow, etc. Accentuate your positives and prepare yourself to talk to others about them. Always turn negatives into positives.
- What Can You Do For Me? Is the question most prospective employers want answered. During you interview, make sure you can answer that question. Before you interview, do research on the company. Find out how long they have been in business, if they are financially solvent, what their specialty is; find out their company motto. Take a tour through their website and pick up any catchy phrases, or items that interest you. Take some time to imagine how your skill set and experience could enhance this company, in the light of the position for which you are applying.
- Relax. This is not forever. You just do what you need to do, stay active, and soon you will be hired and begin your new future. Make sure not to worry. And be mindful that everyone goes through the same process you are going through when looking for work. It’s tough, I won’t deny that. Make the best of it. Do some reading, catch up on chores, and get plenty of rest in the meantime. It will do you good.
You can do this. Stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself, “I can do this!” Believe in yourself. It shows.