How to make job-searching less scary?

The job market is becoming increasingly competitive especially due to the COVID pandemic, as many businesses exit the market, the unemployment rate keeps increasing, etc. For one position, you might have to compete with others with many more years of experience and higher qualifications. What can we do to stand out?

1. Set attainable goals
Although it is advisable to set ultimate goals for your career and view your career development in the long term, it might be hard for a fresh graduate to reach them shortly. Try to set short-term attainable goals, stay positive, motivate yourself to reach them, and learn from failure.

2. Stay open-minded
Feeling emotionally and mentally drained is understandable in the job-hunting process but remember never to let the negativity and close-mindedness get into your way. Thus, it is a good sign if you show that you listen and are open to new ideas and strategies. To cultivate this trait, try not to reject the new concepts without thinking. Listen to others’ explanations clearly and humbly and make the conclusion later.

3. Persistence and Good Positioning
The process of job searching requires persistence because it can be time-consuming and may cause sunk costs; it also requires good strategy because applying to every position without a target or positioning is a waste of your resources.

Source: CareerOne

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