It's discouraging to see the success of others when you are working hard to find your next opportunity. Whether you're unemployed or trying to find a job while you're employed the length of time it takes to find a new job can be daunting.
Depending on the articles you read, or who you talk to there are no hard facts on the average time it takes to complete a job search in 2016. Many are still quoting articles from a couple of years ago citing that one should plan for one month of job searching for every $10,000 of salary desired, so if you desire a salary of $60,000 than your job search will likely take six months.
When unemployed it is important to renew your reasoning for pursuing a chosen path. It has to be YOUR reason. If it’s not, it will be that much harder. Plus there’s the possibility that you lack motivation.
There are probably signs you have lost motivation and here are some ways you are giving in:
- You're afraid to fail so you apply to easier jobs. If you do this, you'll be overlooked for the sake of appearing overqualified. We get it, when your motivation begins to wane, sometimes you don't want a job with much pressure so you fool yourself into thinking a lesser paying job will be fine for now. But what happens when the lesser paying job is much more stressful and aggravating than the one on your career path?
- When criticism from past jobs persists in your current job search. It is a problem when the voices of the past haunt you. The best remedy is to fill your life with more success narratives that remind you that you are good at what you do and you have the confidence to succeed. Just because you might be currently out of a job, it doesn’t mean you’re not good at what you do.
- When encouragement is conditional and you're about to burst. A very common phrase often attributed to Ben Franklin is, "God helps those who help themselves", and if you hear it one more time during your job search you might feel like you’re going to burst. This proverb emphasizes the importance of taking initiative, however during a job search, making your own way isn't always possible, but that shouldn't stop you from asking for help. Reaching out to your network could make all the difference. One job referral or contact could change your job search and maybe even you’re career path.
- You find satisfaction in the possibilities. Do you consider success completing an online application or a company saying they received your application? You should be working to get real results. A productive job search yields conversations and interviews, not processes. While completing an application is a means to sitting in front of hiring managers, you must try as many sources, techniques, and tools as possible. You can never rely on just one thing as it will likely disappoint.
- Fear or the lack of fear determines your actions. When you’re conducting a job search that is seized by fear, you do what's comfortable. But you need to break past that discomfort to stay up-to-date with industry trends and keep in touch with your network. Fear hinders your ability to be proactive or get out of your comfort zone. Do one thing per week that makes you uncomfortable. The more you conquer fear the more you’ll see results.
If you're feeling any of these five signs, then it might be time to reevaluate your career choices. Ensure you’re doing what you want and break past any fear that might be holding you back. Think we missed any signs? Tell us in the comments!
This guest post was written by Mark Anthony Dyson. Mark Anthony Dyson is a career consultant, host & producer of “The Voice of Job Seekers” podcast, and Founder of the blog by the same name. We are helping the unemployed, underemployed, and under-appreciated job seekers find and create a voice. Follow Mark on Twitter.