5 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Job Search
Do you need a boost in your job search? It can be a job in itself to find your next role. Some of us can end up job hunting for a long time and the longer it goes on, the tougher it may seem, however, don’t give up hope. We’ve put together 5 tips here to help you reinvigorate your job search. You can also join us in our Igniting Job Searches webinar on the 21st March at 6-7pm where career experts Alison Finlay and Simon North will be exploring:
- The main challenges in a job search
- Ways to identify suitable careers
- Creating a targeted plan
- Common Mistakes and Breakthrough techniques
- The hidden job market
- Ways to reinvigorate and be the boss of your job search
Get back on track, learn new ways to accelerate your job search and feel more confident in the job market…
1. Take time out
If you’ve been applying for several jobs for a long period of time, it can begin to feel stale. Why not take some time out? Take a short holiday if you can afford it or simply go somewhere that puts you in new surroundings. Get a change of scenery so that you have a bit of breathing space and have time to slowly get back on top of things. Spend time with a friend or relative that you haven’t seen for a while and try to pamper yourself a bit. Once you feel refreshed, you’ll be able to start your job search again feeling much more revitalised.
2. Bounce ideas off others
Finding a new job can be an isolating, lonely experience. If we spend too much time by ourselves, alone with just our own ideas, we can start to go stir crazy. Get a fresh perspective on things by discussing your situation with a friend, former or current colleague, or a professional career guide or coach. Join a career-based community like our Career Ignition Club. Find places to go where you can speak to like-minded individuals at a similar stage in their careers.
3. Look in different places
Job seeking often gets really boring just because we’re only looking for jobs in one place. If you’ve just been searching for vacancies on online job boards, try going to networking events to meet people with inside information on opportunities or go down the newsagent and buy your local paper to look at the job ads in the classifieds.
4. Read new books
Even if it feels like you’ve already read every book ever published on your career field and on job seeking in general, starting a new book may yet give you fresh inspiration and ideas. Getting new reading material can be as easy as downloading an eBook from the Internet. You can do it from the comfort of your own computer and it only takes a couple of minutes, if that. See our eBook library for some ideas.
5. Watch videos
If reading is not your thing and you respond better to visual stimuli, look on YouTube for videos to watch. There are thousands of short films and news clips on how people have bounced back from long-term unemployment or redundancy. Seeing others’ success stories for yourself will hopefully give you the extra motivation you need.
When it comes to reviving your job search, the most important thing is to embrace change. Whatever you decide to change, be it your hair colour, the networking group you attend or the career guide you’re working with, it’s sure to break up the monotony of a long term job search. Wake up your job hunt by shaking things up in whichever way works best for you.
By Position Ignition (www.positionignition.com) and the Career Ignition Club (www.careerignitionclub.com), the UK’s leading career change and career development company and platform. He is also the author of 125 LinkedIn Job Search Tips (http://www.positionignition.com/100-linkedin-job-search-tips). Follow him @PosIgnition for more help with your career challenges.