If job hunting is annoying for you...
When I was younger, I found the job hunting process extremely fun. I didn't feel like I was looking at ads, I felt like I was standing before hundreds of doors towards my possible future. It was almost magical. But then I grew up.
I now often hear from friends and clients that job hunting is boring, annoying and too difficult. I understand them too - sometimes when my business has a bad month I enter some websites with job ads and it feels exhausting going through them. So I started wondering what changed in me and what is the reason so many people find job hunting to be a horrible experience. After discussing it with friends and going over my personal experience, here is what I came up with.
You need a break
If you just left, or are thinking of leaving your job, it may not be that you don't like the job hunting in particular, it may be that you don't want to work right now. You probably experienced burn-out on your previous/current job and/or want to change career paths, so there are some things you want to calmly consider. Basically you need a break. Save up some money so that you have a month or two to sleep in, walk around and almost start wishing you were working. It will not only help you feel better, but help you choose wisely when it comes to your new job.
You apply based on what you think might work versus what you really want
When I was a teenager, I started working as an activity person in hotels - organizing and playing different games and being part of evening shows. I have also worked as a waitress and a clerk in a toy store. While I was in California, I was already 22 years old and worked as a pool attendant. So when I got back I told myself "That is it with the teenage jobs! I am opening a new chapter." I knew it would be easy to get a job as an activity person, or a clerk, or a waitress. It wasn't that bad money either, especially if you count tips. But I was done for good, so I only applied for positions I really wanted - office jobs, assistant positions and an English teacher. Any "grown up" job, as I considered it at the time, that had Monday to Friday working week and possibility for growth. It wasn't as easy I would like it to be and it took me 2 months, but I got the job wanted. I also didn't hate the process, because I knew at the end of it, I would be proud and happy with what I have achieved. Long story short, go with your heart, not with your CV experience.
You are sick and tired of working for someone
This often happens to people in their 30s or older. They have been around the block and have dealt with a few managers. Now they are old enough to know what they want and to know that there is no company to give it to them. If you fall into this category, you want to start a business, or be self-employed, but you are scared of the lack of security and just keep changing jobs. A new job may make you feel better in the beginning, but in a while you will realise you are wasting your time with this and will feel even worse about yourself. I know you can't just wake up and start a business, but you can at least take the first few steps. This way, even if you have to get a job, you will not see it as a job anymore. You will see it as financial means to build your own empire.
You take the process too personally
If you feel disappointed and upset after every rejection and get offended by some questions or statements during an interview, you are probably taking the process too personally. Do you really think that this company's opinion is what makes you or brakes you? For all you know, they may think you are over-qualified for the job. Don't allow the job hunting process to be a sign about what you are worth. It's about you finding your perfect fit and not about anyone judging you.
If job hunting is annoying for you, I hope you found yourself in one or more of the groups above. Now take the steps to change that and learn to enjoy every step of your professional development. It's just too big part of your life to hate it.
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Lorna Payne - LMP TherapyNovember 7th, 2017