Don’t give up! 5 Encouraging Tips to Stay Focused During Your Job Search

Not long ago, things felt normal. Then again, we weren’t living through a pandemic. It’s hard to imagine that our unemployment rate was just 3.6% in January according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest data shared in September says that we are toppling 7.9%! Holy cow! No wonder so many people are frustrated and just plain tired of trying to find a new job.

Now is the perfect time to offer some help and ideas on how to stay the course and not give up. Here are five strategic tips to stay focused during your job search:

1. MAKE A PLAN

Start by estimating the amount of time it will take to find a new job taking into consideration economic conditions, unemployment rates, industry and geographic area. Next, research top employers in your desired field and make a list of at least 10 that you would like to pursue. Add additional items like your favorite job boards, how many applications or resumes you’ll submit each week, and your desired pay range.

2. FIND A COMMUNITY

3. GET HELP

For 3 tips to writing your resume for remote work, check out my article here!

4. FIND A MENTOR

5. TAKE CARE

Also remember, as part of your plan, to schedule downtime. Don’t forgo hobbies or other leisure activities. Spend time with friends and family. And, lastly, keep a positive outlook. It’s ok to feel frustrated on occasion but don’t lose sight of the end goal and envision what your life will look like once you get your new job.

With the right plan, the right attitude, and the right people, your next job search won’t have to be a drag. Just remember to stay the course and stay positive! You’ll be celebrating your new job in no time.

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Lisa Zeeveld

Financial mentor helping you succeed both personally & professionally. Small biz finances are my specialty. CFO & COO at BELAY. Podcast Co-host. TEDx Speaker.