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This way you stay motivated while looking for a job : CAREER

For much of January, the gym in my neighborhood is full. Eating healthier and doing sports are part of this Top resolutions for 2019 – along with looking for another job. But I have one wish for you: don’t change your career search strategy simply because it’s the beginning of a new year. When you are ready to get involved, do it for yourself, your family, and your long-term satisfaction.

I have seen this career advance in my decades as a career coach and mentor at all levels and in all industries. It can be a frustrating process, but candidates in your area find jobs successfully, and I think you can achieve the same success. You have overcome the fact that finding a job is difficult and time consuming (and you can do it).

Try the following tips when considering what to do next when looking for a job:

  1. Stop everything and define your goals.

Pause for a moment. Take a minute to stop sending resumes and network events to distribute your business cards. Instead, anchor your goal by deciding what exactly you want. If you do not know what is possible, research the job descriptions first and try to find about 10 roles that describe your target position in the desired city.

When searching, try to make your position target as precise as possible. However, avoid labels such as director or vice president, as these titles can vary from company to company. For example, you can search for “software developer”, “project manager” or “logistics coordinator”.

Aim high with your goal. I think job descriptions are written for the perfect person who doesn’t exist. Once you have assessed the type of job you would really enjoy, target roles that you qualify for 70% of what is defined in the job description. In my experience, too many candidates choose not to work because they lack some skills or requirements. Apply anyway.

  1. Learn how to look for a job.

Let’s face it, what you knew about job hunting may be out of date. Young professionals and executives need to understand that modern way looking for jobs, including various networking techniques and recruiting practices, to be successful.

Consider a job search course. Remember that you were not born and know how to look for jobs. it is not intuitive or natural. Remember how you learned to play a new sport or instrument. You have most likely taken lessons, followed and practiced step by step. Why shouldn’t job seekers try to learn job search skills the same way? To get the most out of your learning, find out your personal learning style and invest time in teaching. For example, some people like to read articles, while others prefer video instructions.

Once you’ve learned the job search techniques, it’s important to apply your skills. Many applicants are everywhere; They don’t match the types of jobs they’re applying for and they manage their search on a sticky note. I think some have the idea that instead of learning how to do a process step by step, they can improvise with a great personality or strong references on paper.

Think of the process as “ready, aim, set”. To prepare for this, identify your career goal and examine what the market is currently looking for in this position. When it’s time to aim, develop your resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letter, and everything else you need for an interview. To be hired, adjust your applications for each role you apply for, network to secure interviews and pursue every opportunity. In my experience, this can help your results improve significantly.

  1. Be accountable.

As a job search coach, I often hear customers express their frustration with the search process. Many say something like: “You are not contacting me” or “I am waiting for 20 applications.” But I think that shows that we are learning to settle down at the first sign of defeat.

Prevent yourself from thinking or saying one of these sentences. Use “I have to”, “I will do it differently” and “I will connect with recruiting teams that are looking for my skills.” To be responsible, set milestones like “By (date) I have my resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile complete.” Or: “By (date) 10 positions have been identified in my table.” Wake up with clear steps every day. Your goal is to stop waiting and let things happen.

  1. Catch yourself when stopping.

In my experience, as soon as it becomes difficult to find a job, we try to skip a few steps or abandon our goal altogether. In this case, arrange appointments with yourself in your calendar and assign specific tasks to each hour. One hour could be spent researching your goal and another hour could be spent updating your resume, preparing applications, writing cover letters, networking, or more.

It can also be helpful to find a friend to find a job through an online or local community so that you can encourage each other throughout the process. Set up a recurring 30-minute weekly meeting to review where you are both looking and what you will set for the next week.

Overall, I believe that making a New Year’s decision to find a new job can make you fail. What matters is that you commit to a high quality job search system, learn and run it to achieve your goals.

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