Read this somewhere, on how to enjoy the hard and tough process of looking for a job especially if you have been jobless for a while.
If you arebeen spending hours working on your resume and sending countless of it out every day, always on job sites every day then First thing to do now is to Give up. Yes, but not completely. But mostly on what you has been doing. Stop trying so hard. At most, spend 1-2 hours a day on it.
Here are a few rules:
- Write your resume quickly and efficiently. Get the basic point across and then let it go. Same with a cover letter. Your resume is not going to get you a job. If you’re a company, the same holds true for your marketing materials. I’m sure they’re already good enough.
- Don’t spend time on job sites. It’s highly unlikely, with all the people who are looking, that someone will hire someone they don’t already know (or someone they know doesn’t already know). Same goes for companies: don’t respond to RFPs unless you already have the relationship.
- Spend all your hunting time with people: at lunch, on the phone, going for walks. Finding a job or new clients is all about human relationships.
So if you’re only going to spend 1-2 hours a day on this, what should you do with your other 12 hours? If you aren’t going to spend your days looking for work, how will you find it?
The recommended recipe:
- Make a list of all the things you love doing or things that intrigue you that you’d like to try doing. This is brainstorming so don’t limit the list or judge it; write down everything you can think of.
- Separate the activities you do with people from the activities you do alone. For example, gardening, reading, meditating, and writing are alone activities. Volunteering to run a fundraiser is with people.
- Look at the activities you do alone and figure out if you can (and want to) do them in a way that includes other people. For example, join a garden club. Or a reading or meditation group. Or write something that other people read (a blog counts). If you can (and want to) make them activities that include other people, keep them on the list. If not, then cross them off the list.
- Now’s the fun part: Spend 90% of your time doing things you love (or have always wanted to try) with other people who also love doing those things. If possible, take a leadership role.
Hope this work for you!