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10 Ways To Focus On Your Job Hunt

If you’ve just come to the end of your studies at university, it may be that the summer you’ve always looked forward to is taken over by the daunting prospect of job hunting – unless of course you’re lucky enough to already have your ideal job or income generating idea lined up. Here are 10 ways to focus on your job hunt brought to you by Josh Tolan of Spark Hire, who wrote this article for Business Insider.  As with everything, focus is absolute key in ensuring that you land your ideal job, and that you don’t just settle for one as it has an attractive salary and it’s vaguely in tune with your interests and goals.

Focus On What Makes You HappyDefine The Job You Want
Nothing kills job hunt momentum more quickly than unrefined searches. Unrefined job searches deliver unrefined job results, so take time to think about what you want to do and where you want to go. Once you have an idea of the job you’d like, tailor your search to reflect your position’s criteria.

Keep in mind that not all results will be your dream job. If the results you receive aren’t what you want to do, perhaps you need to re-define what you’re looking for.

Don’t Take Rejection Personally
Rejection happens. You must acknowledge that there may be better candidates than you applying for the same job, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying. Acknowledging defeat will deter your focus and hinder your determination. To keep your focus, ask the company’s recruiter if you can have feedback about your application or interview. If given, improve upon the suggested areas and move on to the next lead.

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The reason I excerpted these 2 points from the 10 ways to focus on your job hunt are because they’re so incredibly important. I fell into the trap of applying for all sorts of jobs where my skills and qualifications fitted best. I wanted a decent salary. I settled for quite a few jobs for the wrong reasons, and unsurprisingly, didn’t last longer than 16 months in my longest employment (where I developed insomnia). Had I known what I know now, I’d have written down my long-term goals, asked myself what I personally wanted to achieve. I would have asked myself where I wanted to be in 5 year time, or 10 years time, and worked my way backwards to see what I needed to do to reach those goals. I’d have delved into my past to think about what really makes me truly happy. What are your true, natural talents that you were born with? Everyone is born creative, but our education systems suck this out of us (in case you haven’t seen it, watch Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity in the videos section of this site. In fact, watch the Steve Job’s speech too – very inspirational).

I think it’s so incredibly important to really ask yourself what makes you happy and what makes you tick. Otherwise, you find yourself on the slow corporate career ladder, climbing it gradually with relatively small pay rises each year, by meeting your appraisal goals and pleasing your employers and after 5 years or 10 years, you can find yourself in a position wondering what on earth you’re doing there. This has happened to a number of my friends in their 30s. Don’t let it happen to you!

I almost forgot to mention, the author of this article, Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark hire which instead of using cvs, uses video resumes and online interviews to connect job seekers with employers – what an ingenious idea!

 

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