Are you struggling with a long and drawn out job search? Does it seem like you have tried everything but it still feels like you are beating your head against a wall? Many clients who turn to career coaching are often at the end of their rope. Here are a few suggestions I offer to those who are dealing with a prolonged job search.
1. Answer two questions. Richard Bolles, author of the renowned job hunter’s bible, ‘What Color is your Parachute’ suggests anyone dealing with a frustrating job search ask themselves the following questions: What made me curious today? What did I learn today? By asking ourselves these questions daily, Bolles believes our minds will be open to more possibilities. It also has a way of getting you out of a rut you may not know you are in. By the way, the latest edition of ‘What Color is your Parachute’ is scheduled to release on August 14th.
2. Take a break from your keyboard. Honestly folks, spending 8 hours a day looking for jobs on the internet is not only a waste of time but can be depressing as well. We get energized by being around other people. And this is why your daylight hours are best spent meeting up with old friends and colleagues who can help you with the task at hand. Save your internet job search activities for evening hours.
3. Volunteer. Maybe there is a cause you feel drawn to that you didn’t have the time to pursue when you worked full time. Volunteering is one of the best ways to get energized because it simply feels good to help others. Besides, it is one of the best ways to keep your skills fresh, learn new skills and meet new people. And it is also a great way to expand your network!
4. Stop trying so hard. Remember when you were single and trying to find a mate. It seemed like everything you tried didn’t work. Job searching can be the same way. Some days, you just need to give it a rest. It is surprising what happens when we stop looking so hard. Our minds become open to many other possibilities.
5. Allow for Synchronicity. This term was coined by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to describe the meaningful coincidence of two or more events where something other than probability of chance is involved. This coincidence can occur when one is in pursuit of a dream or a goal that he or she is passionate about. During a job search we need to be aware that meaningful coincidence can play a significant role in career opportunities. The bottom line is, always keep an open mind. You never know what fate may have in store for you!
Remember too that the path of career discovery is a process and a journey. For some it will take longer than for others. Be open and embrace it and enjoy the learning that goes on along the way. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.