Remaining Positive in the Face of a Job Search
Updated: May 17
At some point or another it’s likely we will all face rejection when embarking on a job search. Taking on a job search in this day and age requires patience, creativity and often times connections (yes, it’s true). In today’s climate it can feel as though applying to jobs is like sending your resume into a black hole with no concept of if/when you’ll receive a response or even if your resume was looked over by a human vs. a Harry Potter type sorting machine. It can be both frustrating and a test of your self-confidence. Here are some tips to help you along the way…
1. Give it Time and Have Patience
One of the hardest aspects of enduring a job search nowadays is general lack of patience. As a society, we are accustomed to receiving immediate responses. However, often times when applying for a job your application may not be reviewed for weeks to a month after you’ve submitted your resume and cover letter. So, it’s important to set your expectations ahead of time. Reach out to friends or family members who’ve recently gone through the process and you’ll find that the waiting game is all part of the process. So with that being said…
2. Find the Stamina to Push Forward!
Job searches are all about stamina! You’ve seen it on LinkedIn. You find the job of your dreams and it says 90 people have already submitted their application. Don’t be discouraged! It’s not uncommon for jobs to have 100+ applicants. And that’s why you need the stamina to push forward and continue applying for jobs even if you’ve already applied and are waiting to hear back from the company/job of your dreams. The truth is, you never really know what you’re up against or even if the job req is just open as a formality. But, it’s important to apply and give it a chance and then move onto the next. So, if you’re feeling as if your resume may get lost in a virtual stack of applications, no fear! There’s always networking..
3. Network, Network, Network!
Surely the concept of networking is not new for anyone reading this column. But, networking is more important than ever in this competitive job market, part of maintaining relevance and staying on top of your “game”. Step outside of LinkedIn and ask a former coworker or a mentor out for coffee. Put feelers out and listen. Listen to what people in your industry are saying and take that information into consideration as you plan your next steps. In your conversations you may be lucky enough to find someone willing to email your resume directly to recruiting at their current company, or atleast give you some advice on the current job market. But, don’t expect anything from anyone. After all, you are in charge of your job search. The most important aspect is to listen!
4. Stay up to date on the latest Cover Letter/ Resume Prep Techniques!
Don’t just assume your resume is ready to submit because you’ve updated the content to include your latest job position held. Take the time to analyze your job descriptions against your ideal position and take a look at keywords used and skills required. If those keywords found in the job requirements can be used to describe skills you possess, utilize them in your resume and cover letter! Often times employers will use applicant management systems to help sort through applications so it’s important for your resume to have the most current buzz words and descriptions.
5. Stay Positive
Did we cover this already? Basically. But, staying positive is the most important aspect of embarking on a job hunt. Don’t take rejections personally and look for constructive feedback after in-person interviews. Keep in mind that it will take time to find a new job, but it will be worth it in the end. You are in charge of your thoughts and mindset. Don’t allow simple email rejections, or any rejections for that matter to get you down. It’s all part of the process and it’s important to trust that process.