6 ways to make your job hunt more sustainable

I spy with my little eye and it looks like a nerve-wracking and gut-wrenching activity

-“The job hunt?”

Bingo! The job hunt is stressful. It’s an insecure period where you’re competing with other job seekers and where you’ll likely face a couple of rejections down the road. 

Now, I can’t make the job hunt easy or fun. But a couple of weeks ago Marketers shared how they made the job hunt more bearable during @Brianne2k’s #BrandJam. I took notes and shared a Twitter thread. And now, I’m turning it into an article, which will cover

Applying: Reach out, stand out, follow up

The more job application forms recruiters receive, the more time they need to read through all of them. You’re competing with many other job hunters during the entire the job application process. Time for you to get noticed by the recruiters: stand out from the crowd!

Reach out to the Recruiter

The more personal you go, the more success you’ll have. #BrandJam speakers argued that you should reach out to recruiters and hiring managers before even submitting your resume and cover letter. You’ll build initial relationships, leave a positive impression, and you will be remembered.

Go the extra mile

I know that the LinkedIn ‘Easy Apply’ button looks tempting, but it’s difficult for you to stand out from other job applicants if you only sent your LinkedIn profile to the recruiters. So go the extra mile:

By using the briefcase technique, you can sell yourself to the company. Check out how the briefcase technique works

Follow up

Don’t hesitate to send recruiters a follow-up if you haven’t heard from them for a long while. They might just be busy, they might be ghosting you. Who knows? There’s one way to find out: Email them or initiate a phone call!

Keep in mind: Following up is not a sign of desperation. It just shows that you want the job.

Target your communication

Respect the time and attention of the recruiters and hiring managers, because they have to go through an incredible amount of job application forms:

Personal Brand

Having a strong personal brand can help you during the job hunt. Recruiters aren’t only interested in what you can do, but also in who you are. A strong Personal Brand tells others who you are, what your interests and hobbies are, and what professional and personal things you’ve accomplished.

Hobbies and personal projects are part of your personal brand. So yes, definitely add the following to your portfolio:

Stay true to yourself

Resumes tell, but your personal brand shows. If you show your true self, you are humanizing yourself. And that’s powerful. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Show the interviewers who you really are. Show your strengths and weaknesses.

And if you don’t meet the requirements for a specific role (e.g. lack of experience), still apply. And show the interviewers your enthusiasm and will to learn.

Your job hunt shouldn’t be a full-time job

The job hunt is already tiring and stressful enough. Don’t let it dominate your workweek. Make sure to schedule some ‘me-time.’: Weekly days where you take care of your mental health

Use your network

We all have friends, family, peers, teachers and colleagues who believe in you and who are willing to help you out. So make use of that network. Your network can help you during the job hunt, by keeping you motivated, suggesting you job positions, or even offering you a job.

If you don’t have that network yet, start building it right now:

When you consistently help other people out, these people are willing to help you out as well.

Set your boundaries, ask for transparency

Companies have the right to know who you are, what you’ve done and what you can do. And you have the right to know what the company stands for. Demand transparency from the company you’re interviewing with.

You have the right to know everything. So ask questions and set boundaries

You don’t want to discover that the salary range is too low for your standards during the last interview round. Neither do you want to find out that you’ve accepted a job offer at a toxic workplace.

So ask for transparency. Ask questions. The company interviews you, so you should interview the company as well.  

Interview tips

You want to make sure to have a healthy relationship with your future employer. And the interviewing stage is one of the earliest stages where you’ll find out if the engagement between you and your employer works out. So use the interview to the fullest.

When you click on the Tweet above, you’ll be redirected to a thread full of job interview preparation tips.

Facing rejections

Rejections suck. Period. And while you certainly should take the time to be sad about your rejection, you shouldn’t take the rejection personally:

And sometimes, selecting the right candidate is just like a lottery. Being rejected sucks, but time will come.

BrandJam by Brianne2k

These were notes from Brianne2k’s #BrandJam. Every Monday, Brianne hosts a Social Audio room on Twitter, where she invites people to share their experiences about Personal Branding

Click on the Tweet to unfold the original thread I wrote about Brianne’s #BrandJam session.  

About Jelle Postma

Hi, I’m Jelle! A 23-year old Junior Marketing who is currently on the job hunt! I’m active on Twitter and LinkedIn to learn from other Marketers and to share my own insights. I also regularly write blogs and I have my own newsletter.

If you want to get in touch with me, follow me on Twitter or Linkedin, contact me at contact@socijel.com or let’s hop on a phone call: +31 614970933.