Monday, June 17, 2013

Ten Tips to Revive Your Job Search

As a career coach, I often encounter people who are frustrated with their job search. In this economy, people might have literally been applying for jobs for several years with no positive results. Times like these are when I reach in my sack and pull out my creativity hat. I want to provide guidance that might be different from the usual rewrite your resume and network. Of course these things still need to be done, but I try to think outside of the norm, when making suggestions. Hopefully, these will provide the sufficient kick start needed to maintain or generate enthusiasm for the continued job hunt. Some types of things that I have encouraged in the past are listed below. I would love to hear what others have done to rejuvenate themselves or their clients with regard to the job hunt.
  1. Change your hairstyle: Your self-esteem is often tied to your appearance. Changing your hairstyle or buying a new interview outfit can give you a fresh outlook about yourself, which will in turn open your mind to new job possibilities. For a low cost option, visit a beauty school or vintage clothing store.
  2. Write a story: Writing a short story about an instance in your life that was particularly fulfilling will provide you with pieces of useful job searching information. You might be reminded of a skill or a passion that had long been forgotten.
  3. Join a group: Yes, we all realize networking is the key to a successful job search these days, but this is not about networking. Join a group that relates to something you love to do in your spare time. This will allow you to relax, relate and release. Sometimes you need to let your guard down, before you can allow something or someone worthwhile to enter.
  4. Take an assessment: We are often not successful in our job searches, because we are searching for the wrong thing. We often search for the job we had (where we were miserable) instead of the job that matches our abilities, values and skillset. Taking a career aptitude assessment can help you see jobs that you might never have considered. You can search for free online career assessments. Alternately, you can find a career coach who is certified in career assessments.
  5. Start a job club: No, this is not supposed to be a “woe is me” club. Talking with other job seekers can provide a wealth of useful job hunting information. Remember, they too are looking for jobs. It is likely they have seen a listing or know of a job that might fit you. A job club is simply a club for sharing job seeker information and providing job seeker support. Your job club connections will multiply your networking capability dramatically.
  6. Volunteer: I always say volunteering is the best medicine for depression. When you put yourself in the position to help someone else who has fallen on bad times, you leave little to no time to dwell on what might not be going so well in your life. Additionally, volunteering provides an ideal opportunity to not only give back, but to also increase or strengthen your skillset. If you are an out of work art teacher, perhaps you can volunteer at the local senior center once a week. If you are an unemployed programmer, offer your services to update the antiquated database at one of the local shelters.