When I first started looking for jobs I was so excited and motivated to update my resume, cover letter and to start applying and reaching out to recruiters. Months later, I felt defeated. How is it possible that I am constantly overextending myself and going above and beyond my role and I can't even get past a phone interview? What's worse than that? Hearing radio silence after the interview (Even though you followed-up with the recruiter)!
Job hunting is a test of your dedication and strength! You're riding high in April and shot down in May. This emotional roller coaster can leave many feeling unworthy and the circumstance of your job search can sometimes even be alarming! Here are a few things that have helped me through this job hunt hump.
I often find that when I'm feeling down and out, the only thing that helps me is to take a break from whatever has me feeling that way and do something that brings me happiness. Whether that's going to the gym, taking a bubble bath, applying a face mask, reading a book, or whatever my mind needs to disconnect is helpful! Not only are you taking a break from the situation, but it helps with looking at your job-hunting strategy through a different lens.
Take this opportunity to think of some areas of improvement, what are you not mentioning during your interviews? What are some key responsibilities you haven't outlined on your resume? What are some areas of improvement? The key to this is not to over-analyze! Remember, you're more than worthy, but take this as an opportunity to show people how invaluable you are!
Still not feeling great? Totally normal! Reach out to friends and family, and vent how you're feeling, join the Elite Assisting forum and vent these feelings to other assistants going through the same thing as you! Often, reassurance from someone else is just what we need!
Don't Spiral Out Of Control!
Some of us tend to spiral out of control when things get rough through drinking, binge eating, smoking, vaping, or whatever your vice is, but try to remember that these bad habits are doing more damage than any good to your search! Patience and consistency are key during this process!
Things Happen For A Reason
As cheesy as this sounds, it's true! Sometimes when a door doesn't open, it's because it's not your door, and that's completely fine! Trust the process, and never give up. Remember, you're resilient!