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How do you handle rejection in the job search? Do you need some down-time so that you can recoup your energy in order to refocus your job hunt? Staying motivated to push past the WALL of rejection is hard, but as long distance runners know, a lot of the motivation is mind over matter.

Many of us take a bit of time out when the going gets tough, but knowing how to handle this while on the job search is crucial. It’s not that easy to just ignore the situation and remain out of work. We need to feel good about ourselves by being productive. So, how does one stay motivated when faced with yet another resume re-write targeting a specific job or the derogatory rejection email that says thanks but NO THANKS?

Many people like to run and hide when that happens. Job seekers work long and hard on their applications only to have them summarily turned down without knowing the reason as to why. Anyone who has been out of work knows the frustration of the job hunt and the amazing number of rejections one amasses.

Here are some helpful tips that can make the time away from gainful employment easier:

  • Network – stay connected to colleagues, organizations, follow the business news
  • Skills Set – Personal Brand – identify and start working on marketing yourself
  • Research the company to which you want to apply
  • Target each resume to specific job applications
  • Do research into the hidden job market
  • Record all activities – including coffee meetings, conversations, emails, applications, resumes, results, networking, companies, and prospects
  • Get social – connect to social media as a way of staying in touch while taking a break
  • Take a break and don’t beat yourself up about it – you need to recharge your batteries – job hunting is FULL-TIME
  • Talk to a professional – career coach, recruiter, talent scout, resume writer, etc.
  • Re-evaluate your priorities                                                                                                                   
  • Read books that can help
  • Join a support group
  • Listen to music to calm the nerves and rev you up for the job hunt
  • Do something very different to take your mind off of the pressure of the search
  • Set goals and make them achievable – e.g. today I will research three companies or three CEO’s
  • Imagine going hiking and climbing that unbelievable hill – the power of mind over matter – The Little Engine That Could

When you start setting realistic goals and achieve them, suddenly the world will not seem like such a dark and scary place. Sometimes a jobseeker just needs to take perspective and see the long term picture. Plan ahead and work towards your dream – being gainfully employed.

Continued from part 1 of Filling Gaps in Your Resume – First 5 Tips

Part 2 – Next 5 tips

  1. Always Update Your Resume                        
    • Keep track of your full-time job search
    • Use a database or a CRM to track all of your contacts – useful in interviews and later on when that potential employer you applied to eight months ago finally calls (I recommend using Jibber Jobber – www.jibberjobber.com)
    • Consider changing careers – do research on new careers / companies
    • Go on Information Interviews – to research into new markets and potential employers
    • Go after the Hidden Job Market
  2. Try Job Sharing or Part-Time Work
    • Consider job sharing – will help you keep your skills current
    • Find contracts as opposed to only looking for full-time work
    • Take a part-time job to keep yourself afloat, keep yourself networked, and keep your spirits up 
  3.  Work with Former Employers and Colleagues
    • Call up a former employer and offer to help them with their latest projects
    • Do some free-lance work
    • Support former colleagues by offering your assistance 
  4. Join Professional Organizations
    • Maintain contacts and find new ones by joining professional organizations in your field and in your community 
      •  Examples of such organizations are the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) {or the one for your province or state}, Certified  Human Resources Professional (CHRP) {or the one for your province or state}, Project Management Institute (PMI), etc.
    • Find mentors, co-workers and new projects to work on
    • Network through these organizations – search their job boards and databases
    • Work on a Board of Directors of a professional organization in order to get noticed
  5. Build and Work on Your Network
    • Always work on your network before you need it and continue to work on it when you get laid-off
    • Consider becoming a Mentor
    • Attend meetings of local community groups that support laid-off workers and find new ways to expand your network, knowledge and your field i.e. Kanata Kareer Group (KKG in Ottawa, Canada), OCRI – Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation,  The Ottawa Network (TON), etc.
    • Find community groups in your city or town where you can expand your knowledge and obtain support while looking for a new opportunity
    • Listen and join podcasts, read blogs, join LinkedIn discussion groups – make comments on all and get noticed

It’s really hard to find full-time work unless you are actively working at the job hunt everyday. When job seekers have not tried to fill the gaps and say that they have been ACTIVELY JOB SEEKING, potential employers are turned off.  Companies who might be hiring do not even consider qualified job seekers for an interview when they have large gaps in their resumes. It is better to fill the gap with relevant and useful work rather than to leave breaks where you could have been doing something useful and proactive   

Your resume is one of your best marketing tools, so try to show potential employers just how skilled and accomplished you really are by “Filling Gaps in Your Resume”.

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