Looking for a new job can be an incredibly exciting experience, or it could turn out to be one of the most frustrating periods of your life. The trick, of course, is to stay positive, although that's often easier said than done. So, here are some tips to help!
Self-explanatory, really. If you're looking to punch well above your weight and keep getting knocked back for jobs you aren't qualified for, then the process will inevitably become a frustrating one. Have a target of jobs to apply for, too, but don't set it at 273 a week; if it takes a full day to craft a relevant cover letter and CV, then four or five a week is about right.
Haven't heard back in the specified time frame? Don't panic! Employers are busy people and if they're hiring, they're likely having to sift through mountains of paperwork, with deadlines and interviews alongside their actual work. After a week or two past the deadline, give them a gentle nudge and if you don't hear back again, keep going!
Finding the right role and applying for it isn't an easy task, so don't try and squeeze the process in between other things. Set aside time each day, at either a set point in the day, or for a certain length of time, to get it done, when you can focus on the task in hand with no other distractions.
That doesn't mean you have to sit at your desk for 12 hours a day, either. Have time for yourself; if you like to play sports, for example, or socialise, then don't stop doing that. It's all part of keeping up your mood up and that positivity will come across into your everyday life.
Heard the saying it's not what you know, but who? We don't suggest relying on it, but sometimes having the right contacts can open doors that otherwise would be firmly slammed shut. Learn from other people's experiences in searching for a job in your chosen field, and expand your knowledge and contacts book.
Look at your CV from the employers' perspective, and ask if they'll really care about the small details included. For tips on writing a great CV, look on our website. Then, in the interview, try and show confidence; prepare properly, ask questions that mean something and show your enthusiasm for the role.
Oasis had this spot on. If you are rejected, see it as an opportunity to perfect your interview technique or CV for when the right job does come along. Just see it as practice, a chance to analyse what went well and maybe not so well and adjust for next time.