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Feeling Down? How To Keep Your Head Up While Hunting For a Job


Searching for a job can often be an extremely difficult process. It is important to know that it is natural to be anxious when unemployed, that’s why we have put together these important steps to manage your time and energy most effectively. We encourage you to keep a positive mindset and your journey to landing your dream job will be a much more pleasant experience. - Jess Potts

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1) Focus on Improving Your Health

Having a tough time searching for a job can bring high levels of stress, which can affect both your health and your mood. This will have an impact on all areas of your life, especially your hunt for a job.

One of the qualities an employer will be looking for is your mental and physical shape. If you turn up to an interview looking healthy and energetic, you will stand a much better chance of landing the job than someone who is clearly tired and run down.

Find time to exercise, fill up on vegetables and fruit and get more sleep. Just working these three simple steps into your life will have a huge impact on your stress levels, overall health and consequently your hunt to find a job.

2) Build some structure into your life

During employment, we are all used to routine and this is something that we naturally need in our lives. It is important to maintain this structure and order in our lives even during unemployment. If we don’t, it’s likely that we will completely lose our sense of purpose and chaos will take over.

Creating a schedule and sticking to it will renew that sense of control, which is essential in maintaining your motivation and positive mindset. A good schedule might include a few hours of voluntary work each day, a couple of networking events each month and even joining a short course to gain new skills.

By organizing your life and setting out a structure, you will be accomplishing goals each day. This will preserve your feeling of self worth and should help to eliminate any negative thoughts.

3) Take all the right steps to find a job

This seems like an obvious one, but it’s surprising how many people unemployed people aren’t even looking in all the right places.

Incorporate into your schedule these simple but effective tasks:

• Spend time writing the perfect CV/Resume

• Shortlist all of the jobs you wish to apply for and write a cover letter for each one (see How To Write a Cover Letter)

• Send X amount of CVs/Applications per day

A great place to start your job search is on large job search engines that aggregate jobs. The benefit here is that virtually all of the available jobs will be in one place for you to find. Indeed is a popular one, as is OilFinity, which is a niche/oil and gas specific version of Indeed. You can use these sites to apply for jobs by sending out your CV and cover letters. You can also shortlist jobs here and will see your application history in your account.

An exceptionally great advantage of these sites is that you can set up Job Alerts. This will ensure that as soon as a job becomes available which is relevant to your requirements, you will receive an email directly to your inbox.

Make sure your Linkedin profile is up to date, as employers will often refer to this when deciding between candidates.

The job hunting process can often seem endless and can take a huge toll on your mental and physical health. The bottom line is; you must get yourself out there, keep your chin up and don’t let the experience grind you down. You will get there in the end so try to enjoy this experience!

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