Giving Up On Your Job Search? Consider This First

It can be frustrating and tiring, not being able to land a job, despite putting tremendous effort and time in job search. And we won't blame you if you want to give up on the job search after not getting any results. However, unless you have a backup plan (something like a family business), having a job might be the only way for you to earn your livelihood. In such a case, giving up on the job search is not an option.

Here we are, to help you in this regard.

In this article, we are going to discuss why people give up on job search, what you need to do when struggling to find a job, and if and when should you give up on your job hunt.

Why people give up on job search

People give up on finding jobs when they feel they are not being awarded for their efforts. Thus, everything they do with regards to finding a job feels like a waste of time. We know it feels terrible where you are putting your 100% effort into finding a job, but the results aren't showing for your efforts.

Then again, it might be that you are too focused on putting the effort that you took your eyes off the task. What we mean is, putting your whole effort in the wrong task won't get you the desired results.

If you want to be good at science, studying mathematics for the whole month won't make you good at science.

It is about putting your effort into the right task to achieve the desired results.

Regarding job search, you might be following the process correctly (searching and applying, attending interviews) but maybe you are lacking in the details of the associated tasks (wrong resume or cover letter format, lacking interview skills).

Maybe you are applying for too many available positions without knowing much about them. Maybe your resume isn’t highlighting your value appropriately, or perhaps, your interviews aren’t going well.

If you aren't finding a job, chances are you are committing mistakes somewhere. Fixing the small details involved in the process of job search will improve your results.

Now that you have some idea about what could be wrong with your job search let's see what you can do to rectify the mistakes.

Two things to do before giving up on job search

1. Take a break

The continuous search for jobs and failing in this regard drains you both mentally and physically. When tired, it is hard to identify our mistakes because we lack proper focus. Hence, it is necessary that you take a break from job hunting and use this time to recharge. Use this period to gain focus and energy; cut yourself out from any aspect of job search. Take as much time as possible. Then again, do not let this small break extend into a vacation. Before you take this break, decide on its time-frame and ensure not to continue resting beyond this limit.

Once you feel recharged to take on the job, start with identifying where you are going wrong.

2. Examine where you are going wrong

The process of finding a job involves numerous tasks like looking up available jobs, updating (or creating) resume and attending interviews. With all these multiple tasks involved, if you fail in any of these tasks, there's a chance of you not getting the job in question.

Therefore, let's look at each element which helps you in finding a job.

The Job Search itself

Finding jobs is not hard; finding the right jobs is. In today's world, you have various sources of knowing about jobs available in the market. Newspaper advertisements, online job portals are some of the standard mediums of being aware of the jobs available. Further, you also have companies having a ‘Recruitment' or ‘Career' section on their sites telling you about the various posts available. Your intention should not be about finding any job, but a job that fits you. Any role in an organization, be it a manager, secretary or supervisor, demands specific skills (technical and soft) from individuals to perform efficiently in the position. Hence, companies want candidates with specialized skills that meet the demand for the role.

It might be that you are finding jobs that aren't suited to you. Maybe you lack some skills that the position requires. Though your aim is to get a job, you have to ensure you are searching for jobs that match your skills.

There's no point searching for available web developer positions (which requires coding skills) when your forte is web design.

Search for jobs that demand your skills. It is the first step to finding a job and getting hired.

If you are searching for the right jobs, then maybe you are doing something wrong in your job applications that is causing the problem.

Applying for the job

There are a few things that you could be doing wrong when applying for a job.

Wrong application format and details

Concerning the information you provided, make sure your cover letter and resume give the essentials. Your cover letter and resume should be highlighting your skills, experience, and achievements related to the position in question. So, ensure that your cover letter and resume are helping your case by emphasizing the right qualities to the prospective employers. Besides, do not include false information in your application as it could lead to rejection.

Assess the design of your resume. Make sure the information is legible and easy to understand. Your resume should make the best use of space available; it should not feel stuffed with blocks of text after text. Have proper margins and padding between elements to have a well-balanced design.

Sometimes, companies might require you to follow a specific format for your job application. Failing to comprehend this message and sending them the application in your custom format leads to rejection.

Look carefully for any information about the job application format mentioned in the advertisements and respond accordingly.

Apply with sufficient numbers

Next, you have to ensure that you are finding and applying for sufficient job offers to get a response. You should not be searching and sending a single job application per week.

On average, you should be sending five applications per week. If you can send more, do so but make sure not to send more than ten. This way, not only will you be able to keep track of your applications, but it also lets you concentrate and prepare for those few posts, in case you are called for an interview.

Then again, maybe you are doing the above things, related to cover letters and resumes, right. Perhaps, you lack in interviews. So, let's look at that aspect.

Failing in the onterviews

The following are some aspects of interviews where you could be making a mistake.

Self-presentation

Interviews are live assessments, meaning you have minimum chances of getting away with making mistakes. That said, interviews are meetings, something that you do quite regularly with your friends and relatives. However, with meeting friends and relatives, you don't have to focus much on body language and vocals; you only need to get your message across when you converse. However, for interview meetings, you have to be careful about what you express and how you express.

Your body language, manners and spoken ability have to be up to the expectations of the company (which the interviewer assess). If you come short in this regard, you run the risk of being out of contention for the job.

Presenting qualitifed information

Interviews demand your opinion and ask for the presentation of facts. It could be your knowledge about the position or the company, your view on some current issues or reasoning to some aspect of your case. Whatever be the discussion about, you have to be honest and say the right things. Also, present accurate information when you have to cite facts.

That said, the biggest mistake you could make in this regard is not being aware of the position or company (poor preparation). At the bare minimum, you should have some knowledge about the available post and the company. Concerning the role, it could be the duties, and concerning the organization, it could be their motto, info about their founder, sales numbers, or their specialty (what they are known for).

You don't have to know their entire history, just the essential bits of information about the organization. Your preparation and response should show that you are aware of the company's existence and are eager to work with them. Your actions and response should not make the interview think that you know nothing about the company and have applied only to get a job.

Other aspects to consider

Apart from the things discussed above, there are some other elements that lead to failure in job searches.

Being stale in your search

By ‘stale,' we mean, not having changes in your approach despite being unsuccessful in the job search. If your current method and system are not showing any results, sticking to it won't improve your outcomes. You need to make the right changes to make your job search rewarding.

If you are failing in your job searches, first ensure that you are doing the basics right. In most cases, it is the basics like a wrong format, lacking skills that hold you down.

However, if that's not the case, then maybe you need some different variation. Maybe, instead of just applying for jobs, you could start networking with your acquaintances to help you get a job. Alternatively, you could update and modify the contents of your resume and cover letter to bring some change to your approach.

If you are failing at the same point every time in your job search, something(s) in your approach has(have) to change.

Lacking attention to detail

Your inability to find a job might sometimes be due to lack of attention to detail. For example, the company might have a mandatory application format which you might be aware of, or maybe you weren't aware of the 25-year age limit for the post, and you applied, being a 27-year old. Such mistakes will only cause a waste of time.

Refer to the job advertisements carefully and know every aspect before applying for the position.

When (and if) should you give up on your job search

Unless you have a backup plan (something like running a family business), you should be not looking to give up on your job search. Job search leads to failure only if you are doing something wrong. If you do all things right, there's a higher probability of you finding a job and getting hired.

Next thing to do

Take a rest from the job search and come back refreshed. Then, analyze each element and find out where you are going wrong or lacking. Once you find the cause, work on it and improve that part. And when you feel prepared in every aspect, resume your job hunt.

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