Job seekers: do you have job hunting deja vu? Or maybe your job hunt is starting to feel like you’re stuck in Groundhog Day, endlessly living the same day over and over again like Bill Murray? Before you throw in the towel, it may simply be time to regroup and try some new things. Here are some tips that can help you cope and rebound when facing job search rejection cycles.
You’re Not Alone
It can be helpful to know that you’re not alone. The job market is highly competitive right now. So many people are looking for work, not everyone will get the jobs they want. Knowing that there are others just as qualified as you are who are struggling to find their next opportunity can give you some relief that it’s not anything you’re doing wrong.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
It sounds entirely reductive, but it’s often true. Sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Not getting an offer can be anything from placing the job on hold to changing the entire hiring strategy. If you keep at it, you will eventually find yourself in the right place at the right time with an opportunity for a great job that makes you happy.
Change Your Approach
Now is a great time to do a self-assessment. Take a look at how you’re approaching your job search to see if there’s anything you can change to improve. Are you looking for jobs that don’t make you excited? That can show in the interview. Have you looked at your social media presence? Maybe it’s not projecting the right image. Make changes moving forward.
Here is the hard truth about job searching. For every individual open job, companies receive hundreds of resumes. They narrow down the candidates to only a few – often between three and five. Only one job exists, so even out of their five top candidates, only one can get the job. And the odds are it can’t be you every time. Now, not only are you dealing with that reality, we are struggling with a collective trauma caused by the pandemic that is throwing everything off balance. Be kind to yourself and manage your expectations.
Ask for Help
You don’t have to go it alone. So many people can help you with your job search. Talk to friends and family; you never know how you can connect with a future employer. If you’re struggling with anxiety and depression, talk to a professional therapist to help you reframe your feelings. And apply with staffing agencies who can help you find more opportunities than you’d be able to uncover on your own.
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