Staying motivated is essential in any job search, but it is really difficult. The situation you face might be that you’re applying for loads of jobs and hearing nothing back. Many of my clients find this very rude on the part of the employer, but unfortunately it is the norm and can be very frustrating. My advice is not to take it personally and to keep on applying. However, if you are applying for job after job and not getting interviews then it may well be time to ask why. Is it because you don’t have enough experience? Is it because you aren’t giving the best examples of your competencies? Or is it that you’re applying for the wrong jobs? There will be a reason and it is important to identify it as soon as possible, otherwise you are wasting valuable time.
Another situation you might face when applying for jobs is that you’re getting interviews but haven’t been offered a job and have faced a few rejections. This can have a damaging effect on our confidence too, however my advice would be that if you are getting interviews the employer thinks you have something to offer because you have been short-listed – so keep going!
It’s really important in any job search not to get too hung up on wanting ONE job in particular. This is easier said than done as it’s only natural to imagine yourself in a particular role – especially if you have been for an interview and you like the feel of the place. However, in order to be successful you must stay detached – but not too detached! If you seem like you don’t care about the job or the company, this will not get you the job. But the best way to approach a job search is to be like a robot. Keep on knocking out the applications and try not to get too emotionally involved. It can feel very personal, but it really isn’t. An employer has a role to fill and has to make decisions based on past experience and a very impersonal application process.
Of course, the above advice does depend on your circumstances. If you are out of work or facing a redundancy situation you might need to get a job quickly. Whereas if you have a job but would like to improve your circumstances you will be more selective about the jobs you apply for.
I am sure your job search will be as unique as your individual circumstances, but the scenarios above are very common. If you have a question please contact me. Also – remember that the person who gets the job will probably be the best at selling themselves and these skills aren’t necessarily the same as the competencies needed for the job. The good news is that you can learn the skills needed to get the job you’ve always wanted.