Job searching is a challenging process and staying driven with your job hunt can be tough.
The elements that most candidates struggle with are staying motivated and maintaining a continuous positive outlook. According to the Department of Labour, the average job search takes a staggering 10 months, therefore it comes to no surprise that the daily grind of reading job specifications, writing cover letters, altering CVs, dealing with rejection – or even worse, nothing at all – starts to take a toll on your confidence, determination and self-worth.
If you are struggling to find that motivation read on to get some of our top tips to keep you going.
Set yourself a daily routine
Setting a daily routine is one of the most crucial elements of your job search and will keep you feeling motivated and accomplished throughout the process. A successful way to do this is to treat your job search as if it were your full time 9-5 job. Work throughout the morning, take an hour lunch break and finish before dinner time, leaving you enough time to socialise, relax and take your mind off your job search in the evening. Furthermore, this will keep you in a structured working routine for when you do start your job!
Use a structured technique to set goals
A popular and successful way of setting goals is to use the SMART goal structure: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
Specific – Be specific about your goal, what do you want to accomplish, why do you want to accomplish it. Stating “I will get a job this month” is too generic however “I will update my CV today” is much more precise and attainable.
Measurable – An objective such as “I will add one relevant LinkedIn contact to my profile each week” is an achievable goal which you can then measure and evaluate.
Achievable – Setting goals which are too ambitious will then leave you feeling demoralised and disappointed if you don’t achieve them. For example, “I will get a job by the end of this week” is setting yourself up for failure. “I will apply for 4 jobs by then end of this week” is much more achievable.
Realistic – It is essential that your goals are realistic and are in line with how much effort you are willing to put in. Be honest with yourself, are you willing to re-train or go back to university to achieve the career you are considering? Do you have the commitment and dedication to work the long hours that the job specification is requiring?
Timely – Setting yourself a time-frame will help keep you motivated and give you something to aim towards. Looking at your long-term goal can often make you feel like you are very far away, so instead focus on the day ahead and what you can work towards to get you closer to where you want to be.
Search smarter, not harder
Are you submitting applications left right and centre but getting little to no response? This is a trap many people fall into when job searching and is a very unproductive way of working. Here are a few simple suggestions for you to conduct your job search smarter – not harder.
- Know what role you are looking for e.g. salary, role criteria, locations, working hours, flexibility, only applying if you would defiantly accept the position
- Considering that 70% of jobs are not posted online, using specialised recruitment agencies can give you access to many opportunities that you might not have otherwise heard about – feel free to contact us at CK Group for specialised positions in the science and technology industry.
- 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to check candidates, it is therefore crucial that you use this professional networking site correctly, providing a detailed description of your experience and examples of previous work as well as a professional photo.
- Ensure your CV and covering letter is tailored to each application. It is critical that you highlight specific skills that they are asking for, and that you show off the research you have conducted on the company.
Learn to embrace rejection
“On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes. Of those candidates, 4 to 6 will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job. (Glassdoor)”
Getting rejected from a job is never a pleasant experience and can severely knock your confidence, it is vital that you learn to bounce back from rejection ensuring it doesn’t negatively affect your future applications and interviews.
Ask for detailed feedback about your interview and application, take time to reflect and evaluate what you could have done differently in order to help you improve. It is also imperative that you keep a positive attitude; rather than feeling like you have been rejected, consider that it might not have been the right job for you and there will be a more appropriate opportunity around the corner.
Take a step back
Job searching can feel incredibly isolating – spending hours behind a screen with not much human interaction can heighten your chance of burnout, resulting in you losing sight of your main goals.
Whether it is taking a few days off, or a few hours every evening, this will give you a chance to reflect and evaluate how your search is going, what your can do to improve, and ensuring you aren’t applying for jobs just for the sake of it. Taking a step back and enjoying time with your friends and family, can increase your motivation and rejuvenate your determination to tackle the rest of your job search.
Remember not to be too hard on yourself,this situation is only temporary and if you don’t give up, things will eventually fall into place.
If you are looking for a job in the science, clinical or engineering space we would be happy to help. Take a look at our technical jobs here or contact us for some additional advice.