Stress can be quite dominant when you are in a job search. Especially when it has not yielded any results in a long time. You start to get anxious and become desperate. The stress increases when you’re on a desperate job search.It causes you to lose confidence in yourself and staying motivated becomes increasingly difficult.
This stress can have many adverse effects. It can rob you of the ability to think clearly and be realistic. Stress makes you stupid and more prone to mistakes.
The pressure sends you into a fight or flight response because you can’t find an easy solution. You have already attended numerous interviews and applied to countless jobs. What more can you possibly do? If you actually do ask yourself why you haven’t got a job yet, you will have to face the facts. But that is too difficult to do, so you tend to want to escape the truth. This is your flight response to this situation.
How can you turn it into a fight response? You have to own up to your excuses and actually, do something to solve the problem. And that means doing more than you are doing right now–approaching the problem from a different perspective; tackling it head on.
As difficult as it may seem, this would be the ideal time to have a reality check. To see what you can do better and turn your flight response into a fight response.
So, if you are on a desperate job hunt and wondering why nothing is taking shape you might be stuck in one of these pitfalls.
1. They don’t get me.
You believe that the companies don’t seem to understand what you can offer. You are blaming them for a lack of understanding and giving yourself a passive role. Here are a few reasons why they might not “get you”.
You are not showcasing yourself effectively enough:
Even though you are a good fit for the job, you may not be showcasing it well enough in your CV or interview.
Your resume will have to highlight exactly why you are best suited for the job. Here is a tool by Ladders that will help you review your CV and get advice from the top recruiters. Once your CV gets you into the next round, its time to shine in your interview.
How you project yourself in the interview is what’s going to make or break your chances of getting that job. So if you’re not doing a good job at that, you will have to brush up on your interview skills. If you show signs of desperation in your interview, its a surefire way to get rejected.
Your CV and interview are supposed to showcase the best of you, in the most effective way possible. It is supposed to show how well you are suited for the job you have applied to. If this is not the reality obviously you will not get the job.
There is a disconnect between what the company expects and what you are providing:
Either you are overqualified for the job or underqualified. Recruiters don’t hire the overqualified because they are afraid you will pass this up for a better opportunity. The second a better offer comes along you’d be gone. They understand that this is just a stop-gap-arrangement.
The disconnect between the company’s expectations and your qualification is obvious when you’re changing career paths. Check out this article on our blog to understand the steps you will have to take to land the job without any prior experience in the field.
Another reason for the gap in expectation would be evident if you’re applying to anything and everything, becasue you are just that desperate.Which brings me to my next point.
2. I will take any job
The most common mistake a desperate job seeker makes is “shotgun“applying .This means you are applying without even paying heed to the fit between you and the job. You don’t even know what you are getting into and are ready to jump into any job, as long it pays the bills.
This approach to a job search is counterproductive because you will get rejected left, right ,and center. It will make you feel more desperate.
It will leave a hole in your career that is hard to explain to future employers. An irrelevant job is a dent in your career.
Your best bet is to tailor your resume for the job you are applying to. Make sure your resume is relevant by at least mentioning transferrable skills. Better yet, only apply for the jobs you actually want. Don’t do it just for the heck of it. Having a clear vision of what you want will help you land the right job even when you are desperate. Apply to the companies that are offering what you want. Don’t settle for anything and everything.
You can find plenty of job opportunities on Jobspire itself.We ensure you get the right job by matching you with not only your skills but also with the culture of the company.
3. I don’t know what else to do.
The biggest and worst excuse you can make is to believe that there is nothing else you can do. Because where there is a will, there is definitely a way.
If your current job search approach has not worked in your favour, change it. Reframe your strategy. Well, if you didn’t even have a strategy, Build One. You cannot afford to “just wing it” considering the competitive world that we live in. Like Steve Viscusi says in his article, don’t blame other aspects in your life for why you are unemployed.
You need to find out what else you can do or what you are doing wrong. Don’t just rely on a good CV or interview to get you that job. Keep your options open. Never stop looking.
You can do this by building a rich network or catch up on the ones you already have. Maintaining a healthy career network works wonders. Rely on the power of community, it can get you what you want, when done right. LinkedIn is meant for a situation like this.
If you can’t seem to think of a better strategy and are overwhelmed, hire professional help. There are many career coaching services that can help you out. Jobspire Career Coaching can help you find the right coaches tailored to your needs who will assist you with whatever problems you are facing . (An insider tip. The coach who is in super demand right now is Prajwal Pratap) So, you don’t have to do it alone because job searches are stressful.
Once you identify your flight responses, you can work on them and turn them into fight responses. Think of your job search as a challenge instead of a stressful situation. It is an effective way to handle the stress. Looking into it proactively, rather than as a desperate attempt to get yourself through, makes all the difference.
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