We all get stuck
We all get stuck at some time, maybe more than once.
I know I have.
But what does that look like as a jobseeker?
Since I started my career in ex-military engineering & technical recruitment in 2005 (now that is some time ago) I have seen and heard it on many occasions.
‘Nothing is working for me’
‘I’m about to give up as I’m wasting my time’
‘I’ve sent 34 applications off in the last 4 weeks and heard nothing’
‘I attend interviews, but the job offer does not come’
So, what is my advice to you when you are stuck?
Well, firstly there is little point in reading on unless you have the ability to ‘recognise’ that you are ‘stuck’ … in this case I would suggest you move on to your next bit of Internet surfing …
Classic symptoms: Feeling sorry for yourself, blaming others, not taking action, worn down, giving up
Does that sound like you?
Great, you can now do something about it.
Here are just three suggested approaches to removing yourself from being ‘stuck’:
- Create a plan, structure your day and stick to it! A plan will help you move forward and as you complete each task it may even help to give you that positive feeling back, yes tick off those completed tasks!
- Keep a job seeking journal, write down the jobs for which you have applied along with notes on responses. More importantly section part of your journal off to list all those positives, yes anything you see as a positive list it; interview requests, good telephone conversations, positive feedback etc. Read over them when you are feeling less than positive as it may just pick you up.
- Engage with someone else. Don’t sit there by yourself, talk to someone. I see it all the time especially on Facebook, people reaching out and asking for advice, you are not alone.
Most importantly, remember your military career. I imagine you have been through plenty of tough situations which you have overcome.
Positive and proactive job hunting actions will bring results.
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