Are You Feeling Like You’re Stuck in the Job Hunt? These Tips Will Help You Get Back in the Swing of Things in No Time!
So many people have felt stuck in their job hunt that it could be right of passage! But it’s how you manage that feeling that can dramatically improve your chances of scoring a job.
These tips are designed for first jobbers – mostly university graduates looking to find their big break. But if you’re slightly more senior I’m sure you could apply these tips in a similar way.
1 – Do Some Training
If you’re looking for a practical way to get excited about the job hunt again, maybe you should take some training?
When your day is just search for jobs, apply for jobs and get rejected, it’s easy to feel down. No wonder you’re burned out!
But you should be taking more training as often as you can. You’re never going to get anywhere if you don’t improve your odds. We’ve all heard of Einstein’s definition of insanity!
So once a month try a new free course. Dedicate a day or a week to learning a new skill and I garuntee you’ll see much more interest from employers.
I would seriously recommend finding some free online courses and starting there.
2 – Spice Up Your Portfolio
If you don’t have a professional website or portfolio, what are you doing? Unless you’re going for a thoroughly uncreative job, a portfolio is one of the most effective ways to improve your chances of success.
Employers love seeing your skills in action because it makes you memorable. So please, invest a day into making a website with samples of your work and I promise you won’t regret it.
Top tip: while you’re taking a course, try to make something more out of it. So if there’s a project you can make, technique you can try or technology you can learn – do it! This will give you some of that practical experience you’ve been lacking. And if you do create something, add it to your portfolio!
3 – Revamp Your CV
Coming back to dear old Einstein again, have you been using the same old CV for weeks? Why?
Making a new CV can be a lot of fiddling and effort, but it also can be a quick fix for all of your problems! Try to make it as easy to read as possible.
I’d recommend trying something completely new. This way you get to start and finish something, unlocking that sweet serotonin.
Pick your poison: video, creative or traditional CV and get to it! I would recommend reading a guide and just jumping right in.
Remember: hiring managers look through CVs all day long. If you want to stand out from the crowd, give them something great to look at and easy to read.
And if you haven’t perfected your DigitalGrads job hunter profile yet, what are you waiting for?
4 – Start a Project
If revamping your CV doesn’t give you a big enough boost, I would seriously consider starting a new project.
You need something to look forward to, something to break up the day and quiet your nervous mind. Believe me, I know.
So maybe painting is for you. Or maybe that’s just not quite productive enough.
No matter what job you’re after, starting a blog and writing about that industry is such a good move. This is something that not a lot of people do, so it will instantly make you stand out.
I’d also consider starting a professional social media account, a podcast with a friend or even an Etsy shop. The pop a link to whatever it is you do on your CV. Simple and impressive. Sorted.
5 – Take a Break
How many times do I have to tell you to take a break? Humans were not built for constant work and rejection, so take some time for yourself.
Read a book, start a hobby and calm down! Not having a job doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Your endless effort is amazing and inspiring. One day an employer is going to pick your CV and your world will change.
So take a break while you can! Once you start work, you might be stuck in it for the next 50 years.
6 – Take a Different Approach
God – hunting for jobs can be so boring, can’t it? You see the same old job adverts day in, day out. And you get nowhere.
If the way you’re searching isn’t working, try something new. It sounds obvious but so many people forget that they can change it up anytime!
So whether that means cold emailing companies to see if they have any openings, applying for internships on DigitalGrads instead of full-time jobs or looking for a similar role in a different industry, do it!
The job hunt can be soul-crushing – endless rejection can make anyone feel stuck and depressed. But it’s how you react to this that will define your future. So will you rise to the challenge or become stuck in your own ways?