7. Find a mentor
Finding a career mentor might be an entirely new concept to you, but it’s well worth the thought! A career mentor is usually someone who is in the position you hope to have in the future, or similar. This person can give you valuable insider knowledge, help you apply for jobs, give you interview practice, tell you what pitfalls to avoid and generally encourage you to chase your dreams!
Read more about the benefits of having a mentor and how to find one.
8. Take care of yourself
It might be tempting to throw all of your time and energy into jobseeking, but the truth is taking some time away from your job search to recharge is necessary, and will only help your progress.
Take a look at our blog post on how to manage your mental health while looking for a job.
9. Know when to use SMART goals and when to use broader goals
A lot of you have heard of SMART goals before. SMART goals stand for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound goals.
For example, “I will apply for 3 waitressing jobs by the end of the week.”
This goal is a SMART goal because: it’s specific, you can measure its success or failure, it’s reasonably accomplishable and it has a deadline.
SMART goals are praised for how effective they are, and with many things, it’s true! But with some of life’s bigger themes – the ones relating to values, feelings or ideals – a goal is allowed to be a little vague.
For example, “I’d like to have a job that leaves me feeling fulfilled at the end of the week” or “My life goal is to have a career that pays for the things that are important to me”.
The key is to know when to be precise and when it’s okay to leave things a little blurry. Life can be unpredictable at times! Whether we’re clear on our path or not, we’re all taking things one step at a time.
So having a sense of our more internal goals can help guide us to what naturally resonates with us. It’s important to stay in touch with our intuition when we’re uncertain or life doesn’t go the way we’d planned. This way, when the right cord is finally plucked, you’ll hear it.