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Making it through long-term job search...

Looking for a job can be a roller-coaster of a process full of ups and downs. You might be expecting the perfect job to fall right into your hands, but when weeks of searching turns into months it can be both physically and mentally draining. Job search can be tough, but we have some tips to help you stay proactive and determined.

Recognise your strengths
Recognise what makes you unique and match your strengths and qualities to the demands of the job that you are applying for. Look at everything you have already accomplished and show employers how they can benefit from your skills. If you do not meet all the requirements for the role, still apply. If you believe the position is for you, do not let the fear of rejection hold you back. Make sure you tailor your CV and cover letter to each position that you apply for.

Define your goals
Think about what you want to achieve, and what direction you want to take. Take some time to research different job descriptions, and single out the ones you would love to do. Then think about other aspects such as location and hours, and how you would like them to suit you. This will help you whittle down your search and stay focussed on your goals.

Broaden your horizons
Be open to trying something completely different. You might be able to explore new interests and talents depending on how far out of your comfort zone you are willing to go. Applying for a wider range of jobs will give you more opportunities and experience. Do not put hope onto a single job, you may miss out on other opportunities because of it.

Be driven by rejection
When one door closes, another one opens. Do not take the “no’s” personally – being too self-critical will set you back even further. Approaching job search with optimism and a fresh attitude will help you realise that the perfect opportunity is out there waiting for you.

Do not give up
As time-consuming as job search might be, the end result might be exactly what you are looking for. It is easy to feel defeated, but there are thousands of companies out there waiting for you put in an application. A “no” from one company does not mean another will not be waiting for you with open arms.

Make a careers appointment
You might be unsure where to start or feel like you are having no luck. Some advice and guidance might give you a nudge in the right direction. Ansbury Guidance can help to look at areas such as CV development, interview skills and self-employment for those 19+. For a free advice and guidance appointment, call 01202 677577. There is no eligibility - anyone can book an appointment with one of our qualified career advisers. Find out more here: https://www.ansbury.co.uk/Adults.html