In this current economic state, unemployment has become a fairly common situation for many people. Professionals spend countless hours writing cover letters and submitting their resumes to jobs that seem to “sort of” fit their skillsets.
After doing this process over and over again for days, weeks and months on end, the job search can be kind of discouraging. But, in the words of Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) from Galaxy Quest, “Never give up. Never surrender!”
Here are some helpful hints to keep you motivated through a stagnant job search.
- Evaluate your efforts. Are you sure you’re applying for the “right” jobs? Stop. Think for a minute. What is your career path? Are you really searching for the right jobs for you or are you to the point of desperation where you start submitting your resume to anything IT related? Don’t waste your time. Instead, take a moment to regroup. Envision the type of job you want at the companies you want to represent. Refining your methods is a great way to breathe life into your job search.
- (Re)Brand Yourself! Take a look at your branding. Is it unique? Is it a solid representation of you? Does it even exist? Branding yourself is a great way to stand out among competition during a company’s hiring process. Creating or cleaning up your personal brand is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your resume, your website and your reputation.
- Use your free time for self-improvement. Instead of scrolling through job listings all day everyday, use your free time to improve yourself professionally. What’s stopping you from getting those MASE or GIAC certifications? With endless IT certifications out there, not only are you doing something to keep you busy through your period of unemployment, but you are also expanding your personal knowledge base, adding to your resume and even increasing your future base salary.
- Step away from the computer. Sometimes, you begin to get frustrated and stressed out with your search, but it’s to be expected. Do your sanity a favor: Log out, shut down & go out into the world. Whether it’s doing one of your favorite hobbies, going for a walk around the block or meeting a few friends for a movie night, it’s important to just step away for a short while. We promise that job postings will still be there for you in the morning.