Applying for jobs can be an exhausting task. You send off application after application, and it often takes weeks for anyone to get back to you. It's a long process, and it can feel downright endless if you're not working a job at the same time. That's why so many people tend to become frustrated or depressed about the job hunt. However, we've got the solution for that predicament.
Like anything else, a job-hunt will only be successful if you feel positive and confident about it. You can't get down on yourself, or hiring managers will be down on you. So if you start to feel down about your prospects, just rely on the following 10 tips for keeping your momentum up during the job hunt. We understand the process can be trying—but it's never unrewarding. Keep your head up during the entirety of your search, and you can be sure you'll find employment sooner than later.
1. First off: never stop applying
This is the best way to keep your momentum high: never, under any circumstances, should you stop applying to jobs. Set yourself a quota—3 applications per week, for example—and don't miss it. It's OK if you're occasionally applying to jobs that are either above or below your qualifications—the key is to simply never stop putting yourself out there.
2. Assess yourself after each application and interview
At the same time, you should always be aiming to improve yourself. So after every application, and every interview—maybe even after every cover letter you've written—sit down and ask yourself, What could I have done better? Make a note of your responses and keep them in mind during all the applications you send and interviews you do in the future.
3. Do some research
When you're on the hunt for jobs full-time, you're going to have a good amount of free time. Invest that time into something valuable. You could learn more about your field, which makes you more attractive to hiring managers. You could research specific companies, so that you'll have more data to pull from if you ever apply to that company. You could even research news reports from the field you want to work in, to help you appear more studied during interviews. The key here is simple: never stop learning.
4. Reach out to mentors and friends for advice
Networking is often cited as one of the keys to earning new employment, and for good reason. Innumerable workers in the finance industry got their start because someone trusted them, and decided to give them a chance. So don't be afraid to reach out to friends and mentors for a meeting, even if it's just a quick informal one over coffee. You never know who can help your career, so it's best to stay in touch with everyone!
5. Network whenever possible
Speaking of networking… while you want to call on your current mentors and friends, you also want to make new contacts, too. So go to job fairs, or any other event related to the industry you want to work in—you might meet your next boss.
6. Consider adult education courses
Getting a great job is all about building a great resume. And one way to improve your resume is to enroll in new education courses at a university or elsewhere. This will show motivation, and that will show hiring managers that you would make a great employee.
7. Write a new cover letter for each job
If you're wondering why you haven't been getting many call-backs, then generic cover letters may be the answer. Companies want to see that you want to work for them, specifically. So make sure each letter you write is personalized toward the company it's intended for. Then, you'll be doing more interviews than ever.
8. Every so often, change up your resume
Don't be afraid to experiment! If your resume hasn't been drawing many interviews, consider using different keywords in it, or emphasizing different parts of your experience. You want to be eye-catching – so don't be afraid to make alterations until your resume is catching a lot of attention.
9. Use the buddy system
It may seem silly, but don't hesitate to team up with a friend! You can make a pact with another worker to inform each other of jobs that might be perfect fits. It's better to have two sets of eyes looking for a job than one.
10. Stay healthy!
Most of all, use your free time during the job search to exercise more and eat healthier. If you want to be hired, you need to be in good mental shape, and being mentally strong is a byproduct of being physically fit. Job hunting may be frustrating, but nothing can dispel frustration as well as good exercise. And once you're in better spirits, you can trust that hiring managers will notice.