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3 Ways to Avoid Job Search Desperation | Career Candidate Tips

February 25th, 2013

More than ever it is becoming difficult for the unemployed to find work. Yes, companies are hiring. Yes, new opportunities are out there. But, the problem is that there’s incredible competition in the career market, and this means there will be rejections from companies. For many of those who are looking for work, the job search is going from being challenging to being a process of desperation.

How can you avoid finding yourself in a situation where you are desperately trying to find work?

#1 – You Have to Be Realistic

One of the biggest things you don’t want to do is to settle for a job that is not right for you or your future. On the other hand, you have to be realistic. That’s the hard line to walk. If you see a position advertised but know it will not be good for you, don’t apply to it. It may be tempting but that job desperation is going to hurt you in the long run.

Make a list of the jobs you want to have, such as a dream job. Then, make a list of those that you will be okay holding. Write down the salaries, responsibilities and the title you will hold. It will help you to define just how low you are willing to go for that position.

#2 – Take the Time to Look Further

One of the mistakes many people make is not looking out into the horizon far enough. Instead of using the same way to find a job every single day, (you know the job boards you love and use all the time) switch things up. Give yourself something new to look at.

At the same time, consider how you are looking for a job. Are you trying to do it on your own and failing? It may be time to consider another option. Work with a recruiter instead. Use a temp agency, like Concorde Personnel, to get your feet wet. Look towards career support options as alumni.

#3 – Get Positive People Around You

It is hard to be positive and to keep working towards your goals when there is no end line in sight, but that is exactly what you have to do. You need to look past the rejections you are getting.

Those negative thoughts are hard to fight off on your own, though. That is why it is best to turn to other people who can help you. Be sure you have a support system that is honest (and can smack you around a bit when you need it) but one that is not going to let you give up or settle. It may be a professor from school or someone you’ve worked with in the past that you view as a mentor.

It’s never easy to find a job, especially when there is so much you are working against to find out. Yet, falling into a position of job search desperation is not going to help. It may even delay your ability to find the position that you’ve wanted and needed.

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