How to beat the job hunting blues

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Job hunting can be a daunting task when you are in a position you are anxious to get out of. If you are currently unemployed, your job hunting may be driven by desperation and the need to pay your bills. Regardless of your situation, job hunting can be frustrating and takes a good deal of patience. In today’s job market, it could take you anywhere from a couple of months to a year to land THE RIGHT position. It will take committing a good deal of time each day to actively searching for new jobs and applying with a good resume and cover letter to increase your chances of shortening the time in which it takes you to get a job offer. Here are a few facts and tips that can help you beat the job-hunting blues:

IT’S AN UPHILL BATTLE

Realize that the unemployment rate is at an all-time low so it may take a good length of time to find a job due to the saturated state of the job market. The most recently released figures show the unemployment rate to be at around a low 4%. Don’t get discouraged and keep at it. Eventually you will land a job.

BE PRO-ACTIVE

Actively searching for a new job will help you feel as if you are accomplishing something. If you aren’t working, devote 4-6 hours a day to the job hunt. If you are, try to spend at least 1-2 hours per day job hunting. It is not advisable to job hunt from your current job-or you could end up out of a job sooner than planned.

USE YOUR CONNECTIONS – Get Better Connected ( are you social yet )

Put the word out to friends, family and other connections that you are in the market for a new job. This is one of the best ways to land a new position and the referral of a friend bodes well too. Many jobs are filled in this way before the company even has a chance to advertise the opening.

UPDATE YOUR CV  AND COVER LETTER

Your CV and cover letter are absolutely essential to scoring interviews. They make the first impression for you. Check and double check for typos and customize your documents each time you apply to a position. If you can afford it, consider having a professional write you a great resume and cover letter. A CV and cover letter you are proud of will set your mind at ease that you are doing everything you can to make yourself desirable to companies.

Make sure you have good key words to get you found. Look at the jobs you are applying for and check you have similar wording in your CV and the Computer will match you to it!

FOLLOW-UP

Follow-up a few days to a week after you submit an application, resume and cover letter. Take care to follow the company’s instructions. Keep a list of companies and job references so you look organised and efficient  If their employment ad said “no phone calls please”, follow their directions and follow-up via email instead. Not being able to follow directions off the bat is not a good first impression!

So get Focused, Organised and chase the jobs you want or they may not chase you!