Slaying Job Search Basics: 5 Quick Tips for Job Seekers
Updated: Mar 25
It’s been over a year since I personally job searched. Things have changed since Fall of 2021 in the job market. And still, it's no secret that the process and job of a job seeker can be incredibly stressful – not to mention - difficult. The uncertainty of finding the right opportunity, dealing with rejection (especially without actionable feedback), and managing financial concerns can all take a toll on your mental health. I won’t ask you to, “fear not” or say that I have the magic wand or process to make job search work seamlessly for everyone. However, there are ways to eliminate some of the stress and headache to make job search a more manageable and dare I say, an experience that can be conquered.
You may not know this, but I share quick tips for job seekers and recruiters on TikTok when I can (and am inspired to). Instead of using that platform, I thought I would share 5 quick tips for job seekers right here in my blog. Based on the feedback and interaction with my posts, y’all seem to really enjoy when I share lists or step by step information best – who am I to question what you love to read about and how you like it! So here we go!
Put YOU first: Job search can easily take up all your time and energy, but it's important to make time for self-care activities that bring you joy and help you recharge. Whether it's exercising, reading, a special hobby/activity, or spending time with loved ones, prioritize these activities to keep your mental and physical health in check. This tip is the #1 tip I can give to job seekers. If you’re not healthy and in a good place it will create additional barriers to your success.
Keep it real: While it's important to aim high, setting unrealistic goals for yourself can lead to disappointment and frustration. Instead, try breaking down your job search into manageable steps and celebrate small victories along the way. You are entitled to celebrations and making sure you are your own LOUDEST “Hype-Person”. It’s okay if you have to remind yourself more than once but keep reminding yourself until it sticks - the process is a marathon, not a sprint.
It’s always a good idea to go back to the basics when trying to
reevaluate your job search strategy or to begin.
Put up YOUR bat signal: Don't be afraid to lean on your network for support. Reach
out to friends, family, and even mentors for advice, encouragement, and feedback. Be thoughtful in what you ask for before you ask. Your network and community around you, both personal and professional, will likely be delighted to participate in your journey the best they can. Make it easier for them to successfully support you by being explicit with the type(s) of role you’re looking for and what is most important to you in your next role. If it has to be remote, if you’re willing to travel or relocate, etc. are just a few examples. Joining job search groups or attending networking events can also be helpful in connecting with others who are going through similar experiences. In 2020 when I was unemployed, I signed up for every free industry led or industry adjacent led webinar I could. I would interact in the comment section and in the Q&A’s and began building relationships and adding new professionals to my network. I also began volunteering to speak on panels and provide support for future webinars, etc. There isn’t one way to do this, it just that you’re intentional, explicit and that you push past any fear of asking for help or for introductions. I now report to someone I met because of this quick tip!
Keep that P.M.A.: P.M.A. stands for Positive Mental Attitude. It's easy to fall into a negative mindset during the job search. I’d argue that becoming unemployed or job searching while unhappily employed is tough enough to keep a P.M.A. all day. With that said, it's important to catch ourselves when we are going down a negative rabbit hole. Try to reframe your thinking and focus on the positive aspects of the process. Celebrate every interview, even if it doesn't lead to a job offer. Use rejection as an opportunity to learn and improve for the next opportunity. Ask for feedback. Not everyone will reply to your request or be able to share but some will. Remember that feedback can be a gift.
Stay Ready: If you stay ready you don't have to get ready. Keeping track of job applications, interviews, and follow-ups can be overwhelming. Use tools like spreadsheets or job search apps to stay organized and ensure you don't miss any important deadlines or opportunities. I personally found tracking on a spreadsheet and calendar worked best for me.
Try to remember, job search isn’t easy, but implementing these tips can make it a more manageable and even an easier experience. Keep pushing forward, showing yourself grace, and don't give up on finding the right opportunity for you!
This isn’t the "be all – end all" list of how to successfully job search in 2023. It will get you started or if you’ve started already, it’s a good reference guide to compare to what your current process basics. And remember, it’s always a good idea to go back to the basics when trying to reevaluate your job search strategy or to begin.
Looking for more quick tips? Check out Job Seeker Quick Tips for LinkedIn.