“Thank you for applying, but we have decided to pursue other candidates…”
All of us, especially us millennials, have read these tragic words at least once or twice, if not more. I know it’s something I’ve read hundreds of times – and funnily enough I’ve got a fresh rejection smiling at me right now as I write this in another tab.
We may dread these rejection emails, but at least it cuts out any false hope. Personally, it’s more frustrating when I just get no reply! I’m left hanging in the balance wondering if my email went through, if my resume is missing something, or if I just suck.
Dealing with rejection emails, interviews, no-responses, and applications that force you to upload your resume only to fill out the information again (Seriously WHY?!) is not easy.
The bottom line is that the career playground is way more competitive and busy, and people are having a hard time of feeling noticed or recognized for the work they’ve put in, be it from countless hours of schooling, or surviving a really lame job. It’s frustrating on top of that, to see people get in the door based on friendships, Tinder swipes, and “networking”, but maybe that’s just hate…I digress.
When it’s a tough enough environment to secure some meaningful work, a negative or discouraged mind can make things even harder.
So if you want to stop stress eating, downloading, deleting, and reinstalling Linkedin, and spilling tears over your laptop – then check out these 4 great tips to staying motivated while searching for a job
1. Commit Yourself to a Goal
Keep it simple, and realistic. Something like “I’ll send out 10-20 applications a day” is ambitious but doable versus frantically doing a bulk amount of applications/letters/cold calls. Trying to rush out 100 applications would lead to me sending a bunch of half-ass cookie-cutter resumes out on Monday only to find out that I had nothing to apply to for the next week making the day a full waste.
2. Embrace Small Improvements
When we fail, especially when it comes to finding jobs, we’re quick to look at the clouds and consider the bigger life changes we need to make or monumental regrets of things we should have done. Instead of falling into this path of negativity, consider small skills or changes you can make to improve yourself. This could be in the form of a course or workshop to add a bullet point to your resume, or practicing interview skills, or learning how to relax yourself and regulate emotions. Committing to improve yourself doesn’t have to mean that you were trash to begin with.
3. Stay Healthy
Health plays a huge part in motivation! So if you’re unemployed, don’t spend your day playing Fortnight, and smoking dry high school weed in Mom’s basement. Start going to the gym, or at least go out for a walk every day, and create a routine similar to a work shift that will keep you mentally prepared to take on that much-awaited job when it finally arrives. Sleep on time and start creative projects to keep the brain working.
4. Don’t Feel Guilty About Having Fun
Job searching is a really stressful process. Dealing with constant disappointment and the adrenaline rush of a callback is a lot to deal with. Decompressing (within moderation haha!) will help you from being burnt out. So it’s okay, go out and have that beer even though Wal-Mart won’t even call back.
We started this blog initially out of a lot of frustration at our work situations. The difficulty to find work that really speaks to who we are and who we want to be is no joke and we definitely feel your pain. Try these tips and hit us up with any others that you have, and keep your head up. Someone will eventually want to try your Omelette recipe.