5 tips to consider while job hunting

Job hunting will have highs and lows. It can be emotional, exciting and it can also bring out feelings that you may find challenging.

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Have you ever had close call driving or walking down the street? How did you react? After the initial shock, did you brush it off and get on with your day, or look for a change to make things better or perhaps even safer?

While cycling to work recently, I was almost hit by car. Near misses on Sydney roads are generally expected if you cycle (and drive) and I didn’t think too much of it once the adrenalin and shock eased. When I told a colleague, his first comment was ‘every near miss is a lesson learnt’. A positive response. (I hope the driver learnt to always check blind spots and I learnt I should always be alert on the roads!)

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Too often, near misses in our careers (such as not being shortlisted for interview) are met with feelings of shock, personal disappointment and even failure. Some of these feelings can be ongoing and impact our self-confidence and ability to apply for future opportunities, but you need to have the resilience to learn from these experiences and continue to develop, making changes when needed, rather than dwell on what could have been.

Hitting rock bottom when job hunting is such a personal challenge and one that only you can overcome. Each day that goes by is building your resilience, which is necessary as the responsibility to bounce back and succeed ultimately rests with yourself.

Look for the ‘lessons’ in your job hunt when you have ‘near misses’ and learn to move forward. There will be other opportunities. Learning from your past experiences will play an important role in future successes.

5 tips to consider while job hunting:

  1. Be patient and don’t apply (or search) for jobs when you’re tired.
  2. Identify your support network and reach out to them when you need to.
  3. Be active and get outside. Exercise & fresh air is great for your motivation & mental well-being.
  4. Focus on the positives. It’s easy to get lost in the negatives however there is always a positive spin on a situation.
  5. You don’t need to spend all day looking for work. Find “ME-time” to enjoy activities that make you happy.

About the Author

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David Scoppa is the founder of Exercise Your Career, a Sydney-based career coaching service, where he combines expertise in career coaching with his love of the outdoors. He has a passion for social networking, collaborating and proactive career development/transition programs. His personal career transition journey has taken him across the world teaching snowboarding to career coaching and he has completed studies in HR and Career Education. 

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