What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of job search? We would hazard a guess that it’s not fun and games. For many, searching for a job is the opposite of fun; arduous resume writing, tedious networking, never-ending research, and confidence bashing interviews. We have good news fellow job seekers, it doesn’t have to be that way. Yes there are several mandatory steps hurdles to overcome but the path to success is not rigid and here’s how to find the fun in job search and do it your way!
1. Focus on aspects you like
It’s not all doom and gloom. There must be some aspect of the job search journey that you enjoy so find the fun and focus on that. Perhaps you’re a people person and love meeting new people so get your networking shoes on and mingle. It’s a fantastic way to get your foot in the door. Maybe critical company research is just your thing. Great! Every successful job search starts with thorough research.
2. Start your journey with this fun-filled activity
Start with the least excruciating step first. Sometimes with job search the most difficult step is the first one so leap into action with the something you find enjoyable. Perhaps you need some moral support from friends and family, so call them up and join a job search support group. This could be just what you need to get the ball rolling.
Even though job hunting is a full time job which needs your dedication and commitment, it doesn’t mean that you have to lock yourself away in a dark cell until you land a job. Make sure you schedule time to have fun, reward yourself. Exercise is a great way to your mood elevated. Not only is it important to stay healthy but exercise is proven to keep your endorphins pumping. Organise a game of squash with your friends or go for a walk with your dog.
4. Network with people you think are fun
Find people who share you sense of purpose, objectives and goals. These are the people you should be networking with. Sure, sometimes it is important to make alliances with strategic contact who you wouldn’t categorise as fun – but this is not the only way to network. Remember that when you feel happy and confident your true potential will shine out. Consider this when you’re networking. Rubbing shoulders with hot shots is only half the battle. Building a true relationship with a like-minded people will likely get you further.
Nobody is perfect and trying to be so will only lead to job search anxiety and paralysis. Remember many small steps make a big effort so be easy on yourself. Take manageable steps and acknowledge everything you’ve already achieved. For those dreaded tasks you just can’t get your head around, outsource or ask for help. If writing a resume seems as impossible as solving quantum physics there are plenty of career advisers and resume experts who you can consult. Know your next opportunity is around the corner.