The buddy system works πŸ‘― Find your person to help you through the hunt.

Oh hi! The hunt can feel very isolating, very quickly, especially when it takes longer than you expect, rejections start to pile up and your confidence gets shot. 

The beautiful thing is that people typically want to help when they can - don't be shy about asking for it.

Why is it so important?

A person to share your job hunt with will...

Keep you accountable πŸ‘

Don't just promise yourself you're going to wake up and hustle into a new job, make that promise out loud - make it to another person.

They can help remind you what you're trying to achieve and make sure you don't get lazy or discouraged. It's much harder to let someone else down than it is yourself.

Keep you focused πŸ’΅

As you continue to fill out applications, desperation may start to creep in and your filter for roles will get wider. Suddenly you're applying to everything, regardless of what the job is, who it's for and where it's located.

If you're leaning on someone who knows you, they can help ensure you are aiming only for the roles that fit you and avoiding the ones that don't. 

Allow you to vent πŸ€¬

Recruiters ghost. Companies hire someone else. Networking requests go unanswered. 

Anger and resentment begin to build up and we need a healthy outlet for them, so having someone to vent these frustrations to can be incredibly helpful. 

Provide objective feedback πŸ“Š

Are your applications not getting noticed? Have people been declining networking coffees with you?

I believe in asking for constructive feedback so having someone to review your resume, cover letter or LinkedIn connection requests can help shed some light on why you're not getting the responses you're hoping for. 

Remind you you're not alone πŸ€—

As I mentioned above - it can get isolating very quickly. You may begin to feel discouraged and like you're never going to succeed.

Your support will be there to remind you that what you're feeling is completely normal and that you are going to get through this. 

Who you gonna call?

There are a few pools of people you can reach out to.

Your family β€β€β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

Parents or seasoned relatives can be a great source of inspiration given they've been in the workforce for some time. At the very least, they can be a great sounding board when you're hitting a wall.

You could also potentially discover opportunity through family. For example, I'd seen an aunt at family functions for years, but I only recently learned she was a prominent marketer in the arts community, which made for a great networking connection.

Your friends πŸ‘―

These are the people you may tell first that you're job hunting and will be the quickest to share open job postings, offers to introduce you to people and more.

Don't shy away from letting them know what you're looking for and how they can help you. 

A peer β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό

A completely objective third party could be your best bet to job hunting support. This was entirely accidental for me, but I had someone who was job hunting around the same time as me reach out to ask about my interviewing strategy.

What started out as a 30-minute coffee and a few questions about job hunting, turned into an ongoing friendship where we continuously share professional development resources, networking events, tips about the job market and more.  

One more thing: remove the negative people

While important to find people to support you, it's equally important those people are a positive support.

Some people will feel the need to press you on how hard you're actually working to find a job.

"Well how many resumes are you sending out? How many applications did you submit? You obviously just need to be sending out more."

They'll chime in with (mostly unhelpful advice) on what you should or shouldn't be doing because everyone's an expert, apparently.

Ain't nobody got time for this negativity. 

Whether they are friends or family, don't give these people your energy. Remove yourself and if they ask why you haven't been coming around lately, tell them you're focusing on the job hunt like they had suggested.  

On a positive note...

Visit anytime you need a quick pick me up - a ray of sunshine, a literal shot of dopamine into your brain πŸ•πŸ˜

Wishing you a chocolatey week ahead. I can't wait to hear about what you accomplish. 

Richard Gawlas