Some job seekers will wait until their savings have nearly run out and then they begin to look for work, even when they have been out of work for a long period of time. It is human nature to think that we have plenty of time to do a job search and therefore procrastinate or delay the job search process. Why? Because for most people job search is an uncomfortable process that is not easily embraced.
Many job seekers will listen to friends and family on how to do a job search, but in the end will eventually go to an employment counselor looking for advice as time is running out and their savings are rapidly depleting because of the monthly bills that need to be paid. Time cannot be wasted when you are unemployed.
Keep yourself motivated and focused on your goal by participating in job search programs to learn tips and techniques on how to look for employment. When your job search program is finished, your job search doesn’t end there. Take what you have learned and put it into action.
It’s at this point that job seekers need to create a sense of urgency in order to move themselves forward. To be successful, the job seeker must use a variety of job search methods; plan and prepare daily, weekly and monthly activities for yourself to achieve your goal. Update your resume, assess your English skills, target companies you are interested in, contact regulatory bodies and associations, be active and network, create a sense of urgency to your search.
Organizing and prioritizing your job search as well as managing your time effectively, will increase your chances for success. Below are some tips to create a sense of urgency for yourself:
- Don’t give yourself any excuses not to continue, do not create obstacles for yourself.
- Recognize your employment needs and act on them.
- Attitude is important, always be positive and create a win-win situation for yourself.
- Find courage to act quickly, make a decision, do not hesitate and get to the point.
- Once you have started, keep the job search moving along and maintain the momentum.
- Eliminate anything that is not relevant to your job search. Evaluate what is working and what is not working, then change accordingly.
- Don’t get trapped in your comfort zone, take action.
The more you do, the more you will stay motivated and doing so will build your confidence one step at a time. Keep track of your successes, no matter how small as this will help you believe in yourself and remind you that you are capable of succeeding. Change is constant as nothing stays the same forever, and being unemployed will be temporary, it too will change.