At a time like this, many people are trying to find ways to maintain a steady income. COVID-19 has brought about so many things for everyone, include furloughs and layoffs. Job searching can be one of the most tedious processes, let alone remaining confident in your job search. Constant resume writing, job-list hunting, networking, elevator pitches—it can definitely become a bit discouraging. Whatever the feeling of job searching may give you, remaining confident should be at the forefront.
It’s important to keep your spirits up and remind yourself why you started this job search in the first place. If you are currently going through this journey, we’ve compiled a list of five things to keep you encouraged along the way and help you remain confident in your job search.
Remaining Confident in Your Job Search
Don’t Take the No’s Personal
You may have applied to over a hundred jobs, and still have yet to receive a call back or interview—don’t get discouraged! It’s always important to have a different perspective on the situation and look at the brighter side, you truly never know what’s on the other end and who’s sifting through thousands of applications a day.
Most job applications go through an automated process in which the computer looks for keywords that match the job description, if your resume doesn’t contain those keywords, then the computer sends back an automated message informing you that you didn’t get the job. So if you’re receiving tons of no’s—don’t take it personal, just outsmart the computer to get through to the people that truly matter!
Don’t Apply to Every Just Because You Think You Meet the Qualifications
Believe it or not, applying to several different jobs at once is not always better. Remember quality over quantity, you don’t want to stretch yourself thin and apply to any and every job out of just because you meet the bare minimum qualifications. It’s better and smarter to apply to a few jobs that peak your interest, and focus on tailoring your resume and cover letter to those specifically.
You Have to Truly Want It
If you aren’t excited about the job—don’t apply for it! When you’re on the search for a job, you must be determined and know exactly what you want. Don’t settle for a job role because it sounds safe or easy, go after exactly what you want and do what it takes (ethically of course) to get it. Companies are always looking to hire people that are willing to work their tails off, which shows through their work ethic and determination. If you can show people how bad you truly want the job, the odds will forever be in your favor.
Turn Every Conversation into an Opportunity
You never know who you’ll meet and who they know—turn every conversation into an opportunity. Engaging in conversation with people could potentially land you an opportunity you may not have even been searching for. Within your industry, find professional meetups and give yourself the chance to interact with like-minded people that share the same interests as you. Conversations can lead you to a world of opportunity.
Remain Resilient and Optimistic
Remaining resilient and optimistic through the entire job searching process is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself to stay encouraged and confident along this journey. There may be times where you’ll receive several no’s or even nothing at all, but you have to remain resilient and have a strong foundation throughout the entire process.
We hope you found these five tips helpful in aiding you in remaining confident in your job search!