Job-hunting in a tough economy can be a challenge – perhaps too much of one such that many job seekers can’t even get started. Many people end up in a career rut, stuck in the process of looking for a job. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The biggest challenges can be solved by taking things one small step at a time. You have to start somewhere, right? Here are some tips for job hunting:
Refocus your priorities – Job hunting is difficult in itself. But when you think about all your other obligations such as your mortgage or rent, bills, or daily expenses, it gets worse. To avoid this, it’s best that you refocus your priorities to the most important goal in your list.
Sure, your mortgage and bills are very important. But without stable income, you won’t be able to cover all your basic needs.
Break the process down into small steps – Once you’ve decided to focus your energies on job hunting, it’s time to divide the process into small and easy steps. For example, you can organize the process like this:
- List down your career objectives
- Research companies / employers
- Seek job leads from your network or head hunters
- Draft and update your resume
- Seek interview opportunities
You can create your own list depending on your job search strategy. What is important is that the each step you create is indeed “small” – meaning you can do each activity in just 30 minutes or less.
It’s easier to accomplish tasks efficiently if they can be performed within this time frame. For every task you complete, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. This is important in keeping yourself motivated. It becomes much easier to push forward and realize your ultimate goal if you are in a positive frame of mind.
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