Guest post by Samantha Gray - It’s easy to get frustrated and lose motivation as a job seeker. The job market is highly competitive, and available job slots are few and far between. If you’re a job seeker, you may feel as though you’re never going to get a job. The good news is that something will eventually come along, as long as you don’t give up. And it will be easier to find a job if you improve your outlook.
In interviews, potential employers can tell if a job seeker is downtrodden and frustrated. And those employers are more likely to hire someone who is confident, content, and motivated. So, it’s in your best interest to change your perspective and find a way to cope with the difficulty of looking for a job. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
Think about all the other difficult tasks you’ve accomplished
Remember that time you were a freshman in college and you couldn’t imagine how you’d balance a part-time job and an 18-hour course load? What about that time you presented your research findings at a national conference, even though public speaking was your worst nightmare? Let’s not forget the time you moved to a new city, worked three jobs, and still found time to spend with your kids.
We’ve all completed difficult tasks and been through tough times and made it out alive and stronger. Know that you’re a fighter and that you will find a job if you keep on trying.
Add some structure to your life
Sleeping until noon, lazing around in your pajamas all day, and dividing your time between job boards and Netflix instant videos is making you depressed. Part of why you felt better when you were working was because work made your life more structured. You went into work at the same time every day, you accomplished a set of daily goals, and then you went home to relax. The routine of being an employee or a full-time student is oftentimes comforting.
Fortunately, you can establish a routine for yourself even though you’re unemployed. You can get up at the same time every day, take a shower, change into some nice clothes, and get to work as a job seeker. Additionally, you can set daily goals for yourself in terms of the number of résumés and cover letters you send out. Accomplishing these goals will make you feel as though you’re getting closer to accomplishing your ultimate goal: finding a job.
Take some courses
Maybe you’ve noticed that many of the jobs you’re applying for require graphic design skills, and you simply don’t have those skills. Or maybe you’d like to learn some basic accounting principles to make yourself more marketable to businesses in your area. Taking a few courses in subjects that interest you will help you become a more qualified job seeker and will expand your mind in a meaningful way.
There are a plethora of free and inexpensive online courses you can look into. You might also want to explore the options at your local community college. No matter what you want to learn, there’s a way to learn it affordably. An added benefit of taking some courses is that doing so will help you get your mind off your job search.
Stay socially connected
Sometimes it may seem difficult to justify going out with your friends and family members. After all, money’s tight, and shouldn’t you be spending every waking moment looking for a job? Don’t let yourself think that you don’t deserve downtime and time spent with your loved ones. And you shouldn’t spend every waking moment looking for a job.
Taking breaks and spending time with your social circle in the evenings is a big part of how you’ll stay sane as a job seeker in these tough economic times. So, plan a game night at your house, go out to dinner with friends, or take your kids to the park. If necessary, let your loved ones know you aren’t in a position to spend a whole lot of money. They’ll likely be more than happy to accompany you to free events and try out some cheap eats.
Remember that you have what it takes to find a job. So, follow the tips above, and keep your eyes on the prize!
Samantha Gray is a freelance writer who understands the challenges of Bachelorsdegreeonline.com . She enjoys writing about trends in education, technology, and employment. She would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.