Updated: Feb 19
Have you been searching for a new job or career for a while?
Does the hours of scrolling job search results leave you feeling more ambivalent than excited? Are you frustrated because opportunities seem few and far between?
Unfortunately, it’s often a common theme for many looking to land their dream job.
At the beginning of a job search, you may be excited and looking forward to the possibilities. As time goes on, however, with little or no results, you may feel like you’ll be stuck forever. Like there’s just no good jobs out there anymore. As time goes on, the passion extinguishes.
But, rest assured, opportunities exist for amazing career opportunities. Sometimes you just have to change your approach a bit.
The Common Mistake During Job Hunting
All too often, we are stuck in our “heads” while looking for a job. We intellectualize it to the point where it becomes self-defeating.
We mull over our resume and LinkedIn profile endlessly wondering what needs to be tweaked. We immediately discard the notion of great job opportunities because we are missing one or two of the qualifications. Constant interview preparation has us reciting answers like robots and less like the dynamic individuals we really are.
If we stay in the “head”, we’re missing a huge part of the job search and landing that dream job.
We’re neglecting the human connection. Our passion isn’t shining through.
So how do we change all this?
Career Searching with Heart and Passion
If you’re struggling with a job search, you may want to consider operating from the “heart”. Use passion to breathe life into your interactions.
Here’s a couple tips:
Instead of making sure your resume or CV is stuffed with keywords and industry talk, consider sharing your story in a compelling and authentic way.
Instead of spending another hour scrolling through search results, why not use that time to build connections and relationships with hiring managers and others in the industry you desire.
Instead of answering interview questions the way a few search results on the internet says to do, consider organizing how your work and personal experiences taught you to connect meaningfully with others.
It’s not to say you should ignore your “head” work. It’s definitely important. In fact, you need to integrate your “head” and “heart” to show up in a passionate, authentic way.
As an experienced recruiter, I know when interviewees are just “going through the motions”. And, sadly, it rings hollow and makes one forgettable. On the other hand, someone showing an authentic passion for working at a company makes them stand out--even if they aren’t the best qualified candidate.
By following the tips mentioned about, you can start reigniting passion in your job search and get noticed by the employers you want to work for.
Want More Help Landing That Dream Job?
This is a new year filled with new opportunities. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be doing the work you were meant to do.
It’s time to stop relying on old habits and tactics.
Use your passion to propel your career to the next level.
Unsure of what to do next?
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