Hunting for a job can be difficult, especially when the search drags on for weeks, months or even years.
It’s very normal to have periods of discouragement during a job search because the search is a swirl of CV preparation, networking, research, and interviews. And when it stretches from weeks to months, or even years, it can be hard to stay fresh, sharp, and motivated.
Here are five tips that will help you remain positive as you look for the position that will be just the right fit.
1. Be On A Schedule: Just because the 9-to-5 lifestyle isn’t currently your thing, doesn’t mean you can’t live like it is. Set your alarm for a reasonable wake-up hour each morning, take a good bath and dress up in something a bit more formal but comfy (jeans? Ankara? Anything) to trick your brain into thinking that it’s time to get down to business.
2. Say The Affirmative: I used to be proud to say “I am broke”, but I have learned to focus on speaking positive about every situation. People who are jobless tend to walk around thinking of themselves as defeated, a failure, unworthy and unlovable. They see themselves that way because something they had hoped for just did not work out the way they had planned, or because they feel less than others around them, or because they have been rejected by top executives.
The real problem is once you see yourself as a failure, you will speak of yourself that way and what that does is condemn you to a life of negativity. You have to stop the destructive self-talk. Focus on what’s going well, not just what’s not happening yet.
3. Keep Learning: You have to acquire new skills and develop the ones you have. You can’t just be looking for a job and not develop yourself. When you eventually get the job, what would you have to offer?
4. Practise Gratitude: Gratitude is a muscle that gets stronger with regular use. It helps you stay in shape for your career as well as keep your soul together. Make a gratitude list with at least three things on it every day.
Most times, the things we think that we can humanly achieve just because we have the right qualifications and resources in place are not always good fits for us. But God . . . He has a way of showing us that ONLY He can give us the things we don’t always qualify for or we don’t deserve.
All we have to do is believe and have absolute faith and trust in Him. He is working it out.
Read full post HERE for the fifth tip.
Written by Nwamaka Ajaegbu aka AmakaMedia of Heart Rays
Thank you my sister and friend for sharing these important tips with us; ya know I love and doff hat for you
Thank you all for reading. More importantly though, I hope and pray you apply these essential tips. They’re not just for those who are job-hunting but also for anyone who feels some area of his/her life is at a pause or experiencing some delay. Just keep calm and apply these tips.
Wishing y’all speedy employment to the job of your dreams (for those who desire it) and a successful rest of week.