How to make your job search more productive
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Job hunting can seem like a nightmare, but it doesn't have to be so difficult. “Congratulations! How does it feel to be done with education? I bet you're glad to finally be free”. The parade of questions post-education rarely changes from one social group to the next. “What are you going to do next?” is often the question which stumbles fresh-faced graduates and educational leavers, and it is certainly one which still hits a core in myself today, even with years of work experience under my belt. When I left college unsure of my long-term path I decided to delay further education to discover my passions and drives, it was here where ‘next’ felt optimistic, new, and challenging. It is where many graduates are currently finding themselves placed – anxious about the future, yet excited for new opportunities. However, it was not long until the sugar high of freedom wore off, and the overwhelming nature of job hunting took its place. After years of the structured routine which education provided, the safety of its timetables and tutored lessons were torn away, reality kicked in and the world became vast and unstructured. I quickly learned that while education attempts to prepare you for the world beyond, it fell short of providing the beneficial tools and insights required for survival. Of course, I had my CV and cover letter, however, my map was only partially complete. I was unsure how to conduct myself in this vast landscape, questioning my decisions and whether I was engaged enough in the search after mindlessly applying to every job which met my skill-set. It took months of interviews, phone calls and rejections before a tribe finally accepted me as their own. During this time, I learned how to survive in the job-hunting environment, where productivity was the key to success and happiness. Tips for creating a productive job search: 1. Make yourself a professional job hunter *Disclaimer* this is not a prerequisite for you to put that title on your CV. Becoming a professional job hunter will give you a sense of purpose during the drudgery, however, it does have rules attached. For one, you will need to create yourself a routine (I recommend working 9 am until 5 pm), get out of those pyjamas and into something relatively sound to leave the house in and create work for yourself. You might be wondering how you can create work if you're not working? Well, the answer is... 2. Set yourself goals
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