5 Ways To Keep Your Chin Up While Job Hunting

Prioritise and be realistic. You don’t need to have it all figured out. But it helps if you have a general idea of what you’re looking for, and what’s most important to you. Are you dead set on living in a certain city? Will you go anywhere for a specific role? Are you all about the money? Think about what jobs you are actually qualified for – there’s no point wasting all your time looking at jobs that require an MA in Engineering if you don’t have one.

Give it a shot. Don’t be too realistic. Even if your experience and qualifications aren’t quite the perfect fit for a role, what’s the harm in going for it anyway? Write a cover letter to explain yourself. Your application might get deleted straight away – or somebody might see your potential and enthusiasm. You know that phrase ‘aim for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars’? Well, whatever you do, don’t write that in your application.

Rewrite your CV. A CV that has been repeatedly amended, corrected and added to can start to look a bit messy. Write it out again and reorder it. Try highlighting a different set of skills. Try putting a catchy headline on there, summarising your experience, skills and aspirations. There are a lot of handy free CV templates on the internet, as well as examples of successful CVs.

Learn something new. It doesn’t have to be a marketable skill. Learn more about something that’s always interested you. Learn a language. Buy a ‘For Dummies’ book on your chosen subject. Do you think you’re always missing out because you lack that one ‘desired skill’ on every job advert? Now’s the time to learn it.

Go outside. Life can seem pretty bleak when you’ve been staring at a computer screen for hours on end, reading ‘We regret to inform you…’ over and over again. Get some fresh air and get some exercise. Take your mind off things and feed the ducks. Paint a picture, write a poem, or just sit on a bench and do nothing. What’s important is getting out of the house, and unplugging from technology for a bit. Stop checking your email and LinkedIn obsessively every 2 minutes. Just go outside for a bit and try to forget, even if it’s only for five minutes. It won’t change anything, but it might stop you from throwing your laptop at the wall. feedtheducks

7 thoughts on “5 Ways To Keep Your Chin Up While Job Hunting

  1. Great tips! I applied for my last job even though I didn’t have exactly the right ‘essential’ qualifications. I was rejected, but then a few weeks later the panel contacted me. They’d interviewed people and not found anyone suitable so gave few others and I a shot. A similar thing happened to my sister and a friend of mine. After interviews, always ring for feedback because if the candidate they’ve chosen is unsuitable or doesn’t take it (undisclosed criminal record and better offer in the cases I’ve mentioned), you want to leave the company with a good, pro-active impression of you.

    Learning something new is always a good thing too. My boyfriend is more competent with MS Office than I am, but he was finding the job hunt really difficult because he didn’t have anything to prove it whereas I did. I pushed him to do an evening course in ECDL at a local adult education centre. As he already knew what he was doing, the tutor let him do the mini exams as his own pace and he was done after six sessions.

    • That’s pretty cool! That’s what I keep hoping will happen to me when I get rejected, haha. It’s quite embarrassing that I’ve been searching and applying for so long but haven’t even been offered a single interview :( Thanks for the tip though, I will bear it in mind when someone finally does want to meet me in person.

      Yeah, I’m trying to teach myself some things but I’m also looking into some courses because it’s easy to say that you know something, but quite hard to prove it without a qualification. It’s just a case of money, as with everything.

      I hope your job hunt is going ok :)

  2. It’s so good that you’re still trying to look on the bright side of all these applications. I really hope you find something soon – although I have to ask: in your about me, it says you’re planning to move to a big city… is this depending on getting a job there?

    • Thanks :) I’m applying for jobs in Manchester in the hopes that if my boyfriend and I both get jobs there we can move in together and be all grown up and shit. I guess if many more months go by and we’re both still looking we might branch out to other cities, but it’s easier to just look there at the moment.

    • I’m not applying for jobs where I live now because I live in the rural Yorkshire Dales and a) there isn’t a huge amount of graduate opportunity and b) I would quite like to do a bit of city living while I’m still young :)

  3. Great tips, I’m job hunting at the moment too and I definitely agree getting out of the house and away from the computer for a break helps! It can be hard staying positive with the way the job situation is at the moment but these are great ideas to stay motivated! Good luck with your job hunt! x

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