Well hello 😊 Now, let's start your job hunt with a little trust.
Well hello! I am so excited you're here and I think we're going to accomplish some incredible things together. I am going to do everything I can to help you job hunt happy and find your next role.
I'm double excited because with your help, we're going to build a community for job seekers, give them the tools to thrive and affirm that they are not alone.
I know how hard it can be to keep your chin up during the job hunt - after being rejected for a job or ghosted by recruiters, it can start to feel like the world is out to get you.
Though easier said than done, I'm going to start our journey by asking you to put a little trust in yourself and the hunt.
Trust that this is temporary.
Think back to the first time you left a job. Like now, you may have felt worried -what am I going to do next? Where will my next paycheque come from? How will I ever get to the next level of my career?
One of the worst times for me was when I worked as a server. At the time, I had just dropped out of university and was supporting myself, was paying off debt and wasn't clear on what my career would look like. The restaurant I worked at was poorly managed, by a boss who routinely upset everyone. Mentally, I couldn't stay there any longer and was forced to quit.
For the next few weeks I panicked - how was I going to make rent or pay my bills? Candidly, I don't remember now what I did to get by - I clearly must have found another job - but the pain I felt back then, in looking back now, was so inconsequential. I got through, somehow. In spite of how bad I thought my situation was, I persevered.
All this is to say,here you are. If you can't find it in you to trust that this is just a temporary situation - a story you'll be laughing about this time next year - then at the very least put a little trust in yourself. You've come a long way and you've still got a long (and awesome) way to go.
Plus, just by reading this and joining me here at Landing, you can trust you've made a solid choice towards finding your next role.
Let's get to it! *cracks knuckles
You'll hear me say this a few times: balance will be important as you move through your job hunt. You can't pour from an empty cup; you can't burn the candle at both ends; another fun analogy I can't really think of right now but you get the idea.
I approach every job hunt with a balance of three different tasks to work on each day.
1. Job applications
With job hunting, you have to play the long game. You could be at this for a while so it's important to manage your time each day and not apply to every job you see - the last thing you want is to land in a job that really isn't a fit for you.
Each day, I send out two applications to jobs I'm really excited about - this takes anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours depending on the application length (or a few seconds, through the '1-click application' settings - just make sure you're still sending the most relevant information in your app.)
Focusing my search only on the roles that excite me leaves enough time in my day for other tasks, like networking and personal development.
Like job apps, I reach out to two people a day. I'll send an article to a former colleague that they may enjoy, I'll reach out to someone who's work I admire and invite them to an informational interview, or I'll just reach out to a friend I haven't talked to in a while and ask to catch up over coffee.
Lastly, I spend an equal amount of time on something just for me. If you're unemployed, maybe there's a book you've been meaning to finish reading? (I have several shelves of unread books...) If you're job hunting from your current job, maybe take some time at lunch to do a module of an online course (I'm about 3/5 weeks into this cool online course on Entrepreneurship hosted by MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.)
Anything that stimulates your mind, teaches you something or helps you relax is beneficial. In the hustle of hunting, it's easy to forget about your own needs.
If you can manage more applications or networking requests, that's awesome! The point is, just don't over-extend yourself on any one thing and lead yourself to burn out.
You've got this!
What have you got planned this week? Where are you right now in your job hunt? Let me know.
Wishing you an awesome week ahead. Let's crush it!