SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 24 July 2020Soft Skills: Why They are Harder Than You Think and How You Can Acquire Them
Everyone is familiar with the job hunt and process. It’s all the same - whether you’re a college student looking for a part-time gig, a graduate student searching for your first full-time job, or a professional looking to change career paths. It’s the same basic routine that includes countless of resume revisions, different cover letters, and numerous interviews.
Finding a job is hard, but staying optimistic while searching for a job can be even harder. It’s easy to get discouraged by rejections and lack of feedback, and can cause a lot of frustration and stress. We’ve all been there. However, it’s important to stay positive, optimistic, and confident during the job hunt. It’s easy to throw in the towel, but it’s important to remember that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Maintaining a positive attitude can take you far, especially during the career search. That’s why we’ll be taking a look at ways on how you can learn how to remain confident and optimistic during the job hunt.
1. Build and foster your support system.
It’s easy to feel lost and alone during the job hunt. However, it’s important to remember that you are never alone. Everyone has a support system – whether it’s a group of friends, family, or even acquaintances from a mutual hobby. Good friends and family will always be there in to provide support during tough times. These are the people that will be able to provide ears to listen to your stories, lend a shoulder to cry on, and will even provide words of encouragement. Having a support system can surely help anyone stay optimistic during the job hunt.
And who knows? It’s possible that someone in your support system can even help you build and make a connection that can lead to potential job opportunities.
2. Shift your energy to doing other things.
Whenever you’re not stuck sending out resume after resume, find some time to shift your energy to doing other activities. Things like volunteering, find a new hobby, or taking the time to pick up a new technical skill can be beneficial in the long run. It can be very fulfilling to do something you can enjoy, and can help refresh your mind from the stress of job hunting. Using time to pick up a useful skill can help you improve your resume and can make you even more marketable to employers. Finding the time to learn something new can make you even more confident about various subjects and open the potential for other job opportunities. It’s also a great way to keep your mind occupied if you’re waiting for a response from interviewers - which leads us to our next point.
3. Find a way to keep your mind occupied while you wait for an answer.
It can be extremely stressful and nerve wracking to wait for an answer from recruiters after an interview. The minutes can drag on like years and it can be taxing to constantly check your phone and email to await a response. That’s why it’s important to find ways to keep your mind occupied while you wait for an answer. Of course, you can always submit more job applications and keep fixing up your resume. However, that can lead to extreme burnout and negativity from stress.
Instead, take some time to focus on a hobby that you enjoy doing. Things like reading, hiking, and volunteering are all great ways to keep your mind off of the stress from job hunting. It’s also a great way for time to pass by quickly while waiting for a response from job recruiters. Focusing on other things is a definite way to stay sane and positive while waiting for a response, and can help you carry on during the job process.
4. Grow your network and keep making connections.
This goes hand in hand with finding things to occupy your time. By engaging in a new hobby or activity, you can meet all kinds of new people. These people can potentially open new doors for your career. It only takes one person to help you make the right connection that can open the door to a new opportunity. By growing your network, you’ll be able to find people who can help you grow along the way. Who knows? Your new connections might even become a part of your support system.
Staying positive during a job hunt can be tough. However, it can be a cinch with the right support system and the right connections. Take the time in-between job hunting to build you skillset with ProSky’s training courses, or by finding a new mentor to connect with. Stay confident, and remember: a new door is right around the corner.