Dozens of job applications completed, and no offers? Are you tired of hearing that you are overqualified or don’t have the experience needed to adequately fill the responsibilities of the job? Does it feel like one step forward pushes you two steps back? Thousands of people have been in your shoes and have overcome this dreadful process. You have to keep going because you may be one step away from a great opportunity.
You have a unique opportunity to work on you and take advantage of time that you have right now to create the life that you want in the future. It may be tiring, frustrating, and disappointing, but this experience could be a key piece to your journey. So, instead of being bitter about the job search process, learn how you can position yourself as the better candidate.
Here are five ways you can make progress towards the job you want.
What To Do When You Are Paralyzed in Your Job Search
1. Make a commitment to yourself.
You have to be willing to work on yourself every single day. Keep a commitment log. Write down three things that you will do every day that will get you closer to your goals. Start small so that you can build your confidence. Before you go to bed, document your progress. Your goal every day should revolve around being better than the person you were yesterday.
2. Work on a mindset shift.
Shifting your mentality can transform your entire reality. What are you telling yourself today? Allow more positive and inspiring forms of learning to fill your mind. Read books and blogs, listen to podcasts, and search for inspirational TedTalks and YouTube videos in order to shift your mentality. Start finding reasons to be grateful. Look for the opportunities that can arise from the obstacles you have been given. Start saying, “I am excited about the beautiful surprises that are coming my way.”
3. Focus on being found.
There is somebody that needs exactly what you have. But, how can someone hire you if they can’t find you? If you are not on LinkedIn, you are missing out on an incredible opportunity to brand yourself to potential employers. Make sure you create a LinkedIn account and remain active; turn your profile from invisible to irresistible by adding a professional photo, a compelling headline, an intriguing summary, and experience that convey the value you add to a potential profile. Your profile should provide bait for the recruiters and enhance your credibility. Linkedin has great search engine optimization so just by creating your profile and optimizing it for your keywords, you’ll be more likely to be contacted by a recruiter.
4. Upgrade your social circle.
Jim Rohn said, “You are an average of the five people that you spend the most time with.” The company around you is a reflection of who you are and where you are going. If you are the smartest person in your circle, you need to start networking ASAP. Find people who are in the industry you are seeking to get into and can provide words of wisdom on your journey ahead.
5. Learn a new skill.
The world is changing every day and you want to make sure that you continuously evolve in order to meet the demands of your workplace. What experiences or knowledge will make you more marketable? Focus on adding value. Your skills should align with the value that you want to create in the marketplace. Never stop learning, growing, and finding new ways to add impeccable value. These qualities will always leave you in high-demand.
Whatever you do, don’t give up. There is a job you love just waiting for you out there. Follow the steps above to start making progress finding it sooner rather than later.
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