While the stresses of your first job search seems more than enough to keep you busy, they also tend to force you to focus on the fact that you are not getting your job. This is not a positive and affects almost every fresh graduate looking for a job. Often, graduates tend to compare themselves with peers that have secured jobs and forget that they too have employable skills. When you’re not getting answers from employers it is important to stay focused and improve yourself. Here are 3 tips that will help you make the most out of your job search.
- Hobbies are your best friend
CEO and industry giants often have hobbies they engage in, for David Solomon (Goldmansachs) it’s moonlighting as a DJ, while Steve Jobs loved music. Why do you think these famous industry giants engage in hobbies? The answer is simple, it’s all about self-improvement. Hobbies help you discover new things about what you love and maybe a window of opportunity for newly found passions. Explore your artistic sides, Photoshop, programming or whatever fulfills you and makes you eager to yearn for more knowledge.
- Build your personal brand
Brand is less about designing a sleek CV
and taking a good picture for LinkedIn, it’s more about telling your story in your own voice with consistency. This will require for you to look within yourself and really ask what really matters to you, why that matters you and how you’re going to do it. This will not only better your job search but also it will move you one step further towards a fulfilling career. Building your personal brand is also an exercise in how much you know about yourself and what you’re doing to reaching your personal brand.
- Take breaks
While it’s important to keep yourself busy and motivated while unemployed, it’s also important to build in times of rest and relaxation. Looking for a job can be one of life’s most stressful events, so building in some time for self-care–like exercising and spending time with friends–can keep you sane during the process.