By Nisa Chitakasem, Founder of Position Ignition, the UK’s leading Career Consulting Company.
Perhaps you’ve been out of work for a long time and it seems like you’ve been looking for a new job forever with nothing to show for it. Maybe you have a job but were intent on finding a better one for a while, until your initial enthusiasm fizzled out and you became disheartened by constant rejections. Whatever the reason, you feel like you’ve reached a point in your job search where you can’t go any further. It’s like you’re stuck. Here’s how to get unstuck, breathe new life into your job hunt and get it moving again.
Take time out
Your job search may have stagnated because applying to vacancy after vacancy for so long has gotten stale. You need a change of scenery, like a short holiday. Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a weekend city break, you can still switch things up a bit by spending the day with a friend or relative you haven’t seen for a while or devoting a few evenings to nothing else but pampering yourself. Once you’ve refreshed yourself, you’ll return to your job hunt revitalised.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About the Author:
Nisa Chitakasem co-founded Position Ignition.com to provide career consulting to people looking for guidance and support through their career change, new career direction, job search and career development. Find more job search advice in their eBook How to Get the Job You Want.