Canadian statistics show it takes the average person 4-9 months to secure employment. So, how does one stay committed and motivated to their job search? Here are some quick pointers.
1. Einstein said; “The definition of insanity is doing something over and over, and expecting different results”. If you have been at it awhile and things are not progressing, be willing to change it up – meaning the resume, networking, cold calling, etc.
2. Surround yourself with positive people. Although people do not mean to be insulting, it is hurtful to hear “You’re still looking for work? How long has it been?” Make sure your support person(s) stay supportive and encouraging.
3. Have a plan of attack. On Fridays, create a job search schedule for the following week, in which you add new techniques. Yes, job searching can be a full-time job, but remember it’s quality not quantity that counts!
4. Give yourself a break! Make little goals and celebrate those by doing something that makes you feel good – exercise, socializing, watching a movie, whatever. Remember that you deserve to be rewarded for your hard work.
5. Schedule accordingly. We all have times of the day when we are more productive. During those times, work hard. During your more sluggish times, do housework and daily responsibilities. Otherwise, you will be frustrated with your lack of productivity. For example, I write best first thing in the morning, so I write resumes and training proposals when I first arrive at work at 7:30 in the morning.
6. Enlist in others. This is humbling, telling people you are out of work. But do not do it alone. This is not a time to be stubborn or proud. DO NOT predict who can help you, where you will end up, and for whom you will end up working.
And finally, remember this: It is not a matter of “if” you will get a job, just a matter of “when”. Keep at it and let us help. Best of luck to you!