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Applying for jobs can be a really stressful and often fruitless experience. Did you know that about 75% of people who apply for jobs don’t hear back from their recruiters? You don’t want to be putting in all that time and effort into applying for jobs simply to feel demotivated over not having gained anything from it. Nobody does. In this blog post you’ll find out how you can grow personally and professionally as you look for a job. Don’t believe it? Then, read on!
Develop your knowledge
When you come across an open job position, don't simply focus on the job advertisement and the requirements listed. Before you apply for it, take some time to do background research into that company and other companies within the same professional landscape. This way you’ll get a better sense of the job, its context and the many different developments in that line of work – a great boost to your professional knowledge.
Job opportunities will come and go, but your development is an ongoing process.
Another thing to do, especially if you feel stuck during your job search, is to explore other types of roles in that landscape. For example, if you have only been looking at sales jobs, switch to exploring marketing positions – who knows, you might find one that you’re interested in and qualified for.
Use the process as an opportunity to network
With a little initiative, searching for jobs can even be a social process – you don't have to do it alone at home.
When you apply for a job, you can reach out to the recruiters and express your interest by asking for more information. This will help you connect with them and increase your visibility as an applicant. Plus, if the recruitment doesn’t go your way, you still have the chance to keep in touch with them and the next time they have an open job position, they might even reach out to you.
More importantly, you can expand your professional network. Join a social media group for jobseekers or message people with similar professional interests like yourself or attend a webinar and follow-up with whoever led it. Your network is a web of connections, the larger it is the greater the probability that you’ll find new opportunities or at least come to be aware of them. Many have found a job this way and before you know it, someone from your network might be pointing you towards your next job.
And if nothing else, you will have gained a few friends or acquaintances along the way.
Rethink the way you write a letter of motivation
Oftentimes, with so many applications to be sent out, writing a motivation letter can turn into a rather mechanical process. While it may help you get an interview or land a job, it’s not going to do much in the way of helping you understand yourself.
A motivation letter can be a stepping stone to developing a deeper sense of who you are as a person.
When you write a motivation letter, think of it as a way to explore and understand yourself, who you are and who you want to be. Use it as a tool to reflect on the passions and interests and experiences and possibilities of your life. Don’t be limited by your eligibility for the job; imagine your eligibility for a change-ushering, purpose-driven life. Try to get a sense of all you can be. You need not write about it, but it may help you connect that small act of writing the letter to a calling that you feel when you think about how you would like to utilize your knowledge, skills and resources.
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