Most job seekers know how demoralising and disenchanting it can be to send out a multitude of applications without any responses. COVID-19 is no doubt exacerbating this situation, further intensified by media forecasts of local economies including employment rates taking a significant battering. So now more than ever, it’s essential to keep yourself ambitious and determined when seeking a new job opportunity.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” (Kurt Cobain, former US musician)
It’s been estimated that on average, each corporate job offer attracts at least 250 resumes, and that only 1 in 6 job candidates are interviewed. It’s also well known that recruiters spend about 5-6 seconds scanning each resume (if it passes through the commonly used Applicant Tracking Systems/ATS), which is why it’s beneficial to employ a professional resume writer who knows how to really make you stand out.
“To succeed in today’s job market, you have to think of your resume as an advertisement targeted towards your future boss.” (Getlanded.com)
It’s also really important to keep yourself actively motivated while job searching, and below are 5 methods for safeguarding your corresponding positivity and proactivity.
- Know and leverage your market
Spend time researching your ideal role and industry, to deepen your understanding of what’s required and why this would appeal to your professional aspirations. Also use this time to build networks within the field, such as via LinkedIn groups. Active engagement with your cohorts will likely build enthusiasm, and could also lead to job opportunities you hadn’t considered.
- Broaden your skills and experience
Consider undertaking additional training or doing voluntary work within your preferred sector. There may be certifications that add value to your professional offerings, and unpaid contributions within the field will showcase your passion and commitment towards that type of work. Both options could also open up new opportunities, while also keeping you enthused about your future career plans.
- Stay organised and forward-thinking
Setting a job search and application routine, with corresponding goals and limitations, will help keep you focused and optimistic. Perhaps you could allocate two mornings a week for job searching and another two for job applications (including enquiries). You could then also allocate a certain amount of phone calls and emails per day, and set timelines on when to follow up with recruiters.
- Find someone to ‘talk the talk’ with
Whether a career coach, former colleague or friend, find someone to share your plans and milestones with. Choose someone with no vested interest and check in with them regularly. If uncomfortable seeking free mentorship, offer to trade services or assistance. Be sure to only discuss accomplishments – not regrets.
- Prioritise your psychological wellbeing
Job searching can be as mentally draining as it is time-consuming, so be sure to allow downtime. Do some exercise (a great head clearer) or watch a movie or read a book – something that takes you away from the job market for a while. Also consider role-playing how someone you admire would tackle your career ambitions, such as a public figure. This is where the ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ philosophy comes into play, as well as positive visualisation that you can do it.
Try not to view job-searching career stages as a negative predicament – they can be opportunities to recharge, refresh, reignite and/or reform, particularly if you stay open and upbeat. While professionally written resumes will likely enhance your professional branding, a vigilant and attuned job-seeking strategy will no doubt bolster your career outcomes.
Walton’s Words has extensive experience in helping job seekers compile professionally written, career-selling documentation. We can help construct resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, selection criteria, and any other documentation that will help you win your dream role. So drop us a line or give us a call if you’d like some assistance with your next career step.