April means spring cleaning, and in our previous blog, we gave you 5 spring cleaning tips for your job search. Here we have 5 more tips to polish your job hunt and make it shine. Clear the clutter, be proactive, and give yourself the cleanest path to a new position.
Recognize that your motivation is going to increase and decrease, depending on the success (or lack of success) you have in reaching your job search goal. Reward yourself for effort, not for results.
Get the support of a team to help you. You don’t have to go it alone in your job search. Ask your family and friends to support you. Join a job club. Hire a career coach. Use the services offered by your city, county, or state employment office. Contact your university alumni association. Hire a résumé writer and/or career coach.
Enlist an accountability partner. Recruit one person to support, encourage, and motivate you in your job search. This can be a friend, another job seeker, or a coach/counselor. (Choose someone who can be objective with you—and critical of your efforts—when they need to be. That role might be too difficult for a spouse/partner.)
Check out staffing firms
Sign up for 1-2 staffing firms. Take some of the pressure off and let a staffing firm do the work for you. Staffing firms have part-time, full-time, and contract positions. Check them out.
If you are having difficulty finding a job in your area, consider relocation. If you live in an area with high unemployment—especially in your industry—consider whether moving to another city, state, or region would improve your chances of getting hired.
Spring cleaning isn’t always pleasant, but once you’ve done the hard work, fulfilling your career dreams won’t be too far behind.