“Searching for a job sucks!”
We’re hard at work trying to make it better, but for the foreseeable future getting a job is still going to be a lot of work. It takes time, patience, the right attitude and finding a pace that let’s you send as many great job applications as possible – without burning out.
Here’s some advice gathered from Snaggers and Snagajob members (both employed and still searching) for ways to find a job without burning out.
Structure your day
Chris has been looking for a while and shared this tweet with us: “Set up a daily routine that will allow you to balance the job hunt and other activities.”
If you’re unemployed, set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Don’t let the hours and days get hazy and run together – if you do it might start to feel like you’re not getting anything done (even if you are). If you’re employed it’s easy to get home and zone out on the couch, but don’t ignore looking for that next or second job. Set aside an hour each night for your job search, and don’t let yourself get distracted. Then put the work day (and the job search) away and relax – tomorrow is another day.
Take it slow but steady
Pamela shared this tip on Facebook: “I set aside time each day to do my job search as if it is my job. Then I escape by going to my photography groups and class in the evenings. I also make jewelry. So, if I can’t obtain a job before my unemployment runs out at least I have an avenue to expand my jewelry line or photography skills to earn an income.”
It’s important to find balance – applying to the most jobs you possibly can won’t help if you are making mistakes on job applications because you’re tired and run down. Do keep up the pace, but make it reasonable. When you’re searching, give it your full attention. When you’re not searching, allow yourself to really relax. Don’t feel guilty about it, looking for a job is hard work.
Don’t give up
Danielle (who found 2 jobs on Snagajob!) says: “Honestly I kept at it even though I was frustrated. I kept applying until something worked for me. Just keep trying and something awesome will come to you.”
When the going gets tough, take a deep breath, throw on some good tunes (we have a job search playlist on GrooveShark – feel free to submit new suggestions for it!) and get back to it. Persistence pays off is not just an overused self-help saying – we know this to be true. Most every job seeker we’ve heard from who’s been hired has mentioned that they just kept going and eventually it paid off.
Having trouble getting into the groove? Feel free to ask for advice!