As a Search Coach who is constantly in touch with people entering the job market, one of the most common questions I get is “why can’t I find a job?” Even more common than the question is the emotions that go along with it. Stress, fear, frustration, and anger are usually at the top of the list. Looking for a new position can be extremely tough both mentally and physically. The stress can lead to lack of sleep and other physical issues if you let it get out of hand.
Well, I am here to tell you that you will be ok. It will happen. You will be able to find that new job. You just have to believe in yourself and work the process. Have you ever heard anyone say that finding a job is a full-time itself? That might be a bit extreme, but it does take work on your part.
First, have a plan of action. Know the type of role that you are qualified for. Sending your resume out to positions that you are clearly not qualified for is a waste of time, and will just add to your stress. Focus your search on those companies and positions that are a good fit for your skillset, and that you can really do well at.
Second, develop a tracking system. A simple spreadsheet will do. Just a way to track positions, contact people, contact information, and to track your contacts and follow ups. This is really helpful so that the search doesn’t become overwhelming.
Make sure that you have the right tools. Make sure that your resume is perfect, and that you have a good cover letter to accompany it. These are your calling cards and you need to be sure that they are in top shape before sending them out.
Use social media. There are many ways of getting around the job boards, so be sure that you are working on connecting directly with the decision makers.
Be patient. A job search can take some time, but you will succeed! you can do it!! Believe in yourself and it will happen.
For help with your search, My Search Coach offers may services to make the process easier and less stressful for you. Check us out at www.mysearchcoach.com or send me a personal e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to help you out.