Many job seekers start the process of job hunting with enthusiasm, only to get frustrated and dejected somewhere down the line when their expectations do not materialize quickly enough. It is important for job seekers to manage their expectations during the process as job searching can really take a toll on an individual especially if it is accompanied by a growing number of rejections.
To help make the process of job searching more manageable until you finally land that job, here are few things to consider:
#1 – Set realistic expectations
Per chance you may land a job pretty early in your job search process. If that happens to you, Congrats! However, if you are like many, you may have or will soon come to the realization that getting a job doesn’t happen as quickly as you may be expecting. Today a job search can take from 6 months to one year and sometimes even longer, regardless of how qualified you may be. It’s important for job seekers to be aware of employment trends in their local job market so that they may align their job finding expectations to current happenings in that area. By doing this, job seekers are better able to handle the ups and downs which come with searching for a job.
#2 – Stay Positive
Every job seeker will experience highs and lows during their job search process. Remaining positive is one of the key ways to deal with frustrations which may develop during that time, especially if you’ve been job hunting for a long period of time. It is easy for you to feel like giving up during these low points. However, it is important for you to keep positive and focused on attaining your goal of landing a job. In the words of Norman Vincent Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking):
Never allow obstacles to hinder your progress. The following are some activities which job seekers can engage in to keep motivated and active during the process:
- Continuously develop your skills and knowledge in your area of expertise. Your professional development should not cease because you are unemployed. Look to strengthen and build on your competencies while you are searching. It will only make you more marketable in the future.
- Grow your network by attending professional forums or sessions. See what events are happening in your country or area which may provide an avenue to make contact with established professionals in your field.
- Engage in volunteer activities. Giving your time to nonprofit or charitable organizations provides an opportunity to utilize your talent and skills while not working. It can also open doors which may lead to employment.