5 Tips and Tricks for Your Journey in Finding Something New
The job search process can be a daunting experience, but with a few tips and tricks, you can stay on top of your game and impress potential employers. When beginning your job search, consider the following to set yourself up for success!
After being in the industry for over 10+ years, I have gathered some tips and tricks to help you stay focused and positive during the process. Check it out!
One of the best ways to stay focused during a job search is to stay organized. Keep a detailed record of the companies you have applied to, the dates you submitted your applications, and the follow-up dates. You can use a spreadsheet or a job search app to keep track of your progress. This will help you stay on top of your job search and ensure you follow up on every opportunity.
Networking is a powerful tool that can help you find job opportunities and connect with professionals in your field. Join industry associations, attend networking events, and connect with professionals on LinkedIn. You can also contact former colleagues and acquaintances to let them know you are looking for a job. Building your network increases your chances of hearing about job openings and getting referrals.
Learn new skills
While job searching, take advantage of any available time to learn new skills. This can be a great way to improve your resume and make yourself more attractive as a candidate. Consider taking online courses, attending workshops, or volunteering in your field. This can help you gain new knowledge, advance your skills, and make valuable connections.
Once you’ve landed that interview (woo!), think carefully about the following tips and tricks to stay focused while remaining authentic as you navigate the job interview process with ease:
Own your energy
Owning your energy is the first step in staying focused during a job interview. Consider the following:
- Before the interview, take some time to prepare yourself mentally. Educating yourself about the company and the position is essential to stay focused on answering questions that align with the particular company and role.
- Ensure you get a good night's sleep so you feel refreshed and ready to take on the interview.
- Eating a healthy meal is vital to fuel your brain and give you the energy to remain focused on your task.
- Dress appropriately for the interview - this will put you in the right mindset to speak to your career goals.
- Plan for questions that may come up during the interview and prepare to ask questions afterwards.
- Practice discussing your experiences and career highlights so that drawing on these examples comes naturally.
During the interview, make sure you maintain your energy levels. Speak clearly and confidently, and don't be afraid to show your enthusiasm for the position. If your energy levels drop, take a deep breath and refocus on the task. Remember, it is OKAY to pause and ask for a minute to refocus. It doesn’t define who you are to take a moment during an interview.
If you encounter any difficulties, don't panic. Take a moment to gather your thoughts and respond as best as possible. If you don't know the answer, be honest and tell the interviewer you will get back to them with the information.
One way to troubleshoot during the interview is to ask questions. Feel free to ask for clarification if you need help understanding a question or more information about the position. This shows that you are engaged and interested in the job.
Balance comfort and drive
It's essential to balance being comfortable and driven during a job interview. While being relaxed and comfortable is vital, you must also show enthusiasm and go about the position.
According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Canada was 6.2% as of January 2023. This means that there is a lot of competition for available jobs. To stand out from the crowd, you must show that you are passionate about the position and have the drive to succeed.
During the interview, communicate your passion for the position and how it aligns with your career goals. This will show the interviewer that you are not just looking for any job but are specifically interested in this one longer term.
Deal with rejection
We all know that the scary part about interviewing is the word that starts with R. Rejection. Unfortunately, that word is part of life and inevitable. So, how do you deal with it?
Rejection is a natural part of the job interview process, which everyone experiences at some point in their career. If you are unsuccessful during a job interview, staying positive and learning from the experience is critical.
There are countless reasons why people are rejected during the job interview process, and let me tell you, most of them are out of your control. Some reasons include misaligned experience, communication challenges, or maybe another candidate was a better fit for the role. While rejection can be disheartening, it's important to remember that it's not a reflection of your worth.
One way to learn from rejection during an interview is to ask for feedback. This can help you to identify areas where you can improve and give you a better understanding of what employers are looking for.
Finding a job can be challenging, and it can become even more daunting during a hard time. Whether it's due to personal circumstances or economic factors, job searching during difficult times can be overwhelming and exhausting. However, staying focused during this period is essential to increase your chances of finding a job that fits your skills and goals.
These tips and tricks allow you to impress potential employers and land your dream job. Remember to own your energy, prepare yourself before the interview, and troubleshoot during the interview if necessary. Strike a balance between being comfortable and driven, and be ready to deal with rejection if it comes your way. Most importantly, learn from it and use it as experience! You got this!
My final thought on this process is to stay positive.
Job searching can be frustrating, so it's essential to stay positive. Find support from your friends, partner, and community. Everyone gets how tiring searching for a job can be. Lean on them and know your next big thing is right around the corner, you just need to keep moving forward.