Looking for work is the toughest job there is

I have often said that looking for work is the toughest job there is.  Why?  Because you get more rejection than you do in sales.  Really, you do.  And the company/recruiter is not saying no to some product you are selling, they are saying they don’t want YOU.  It is like asking someone out and them turning you down, NO BUENO!

But it is all in the perception.  I would encourage you to make a game of it, as many sales people do.  I knew a student who papered their walls (back in the era of snail mail rejection letters) with companies’ no thank you letters.  They used it for motivation.  It was his way of saying “I will prove you wrong.”  Which of course you say to yourself but should only be spoken in certain circumstances.

  • How to make it a game?  Set goals each day:
  • How many jobs are you going to find that may be a match for you?
  • How many people will you connect with on LinkedIn/Twitter? (only professional connections count)
  • How many status updates or tweets will you send surrounding career related topics?

The list can go on and on.  For instance, if you want to work at E&Y I would follow some E&Y people on Twitter, follow the company and link with them on LinkedIn.  Then, periodically post relevant stuff and have them in the post.  But keep in positive.  Buzzsumo is a great place to find content on a relevant topic or set up a Google alert.

The Man

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery