Job Search Expert’s Tip of the Month – February

5 Ways to Stay Calm While Job Searching in 2011

You’ve worked so hard to graduate from your college or university. But when it comes time for graduation, many students are worried or even panicked about the job market.

How can you remain focused in such a stressful situation? Here are several ways to stay calm in your job search:

Know that the market is looking up for recent college grads. According to the Job Outlook 2011 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the job market for the college Class of 2011 looks positive in all regions. Overall, employers expect to hire 13.5 percent more new grads from the Class of 2011 than they hired from the Class of 2010.

Create a plan and stick with it.
One of the easiest ways to remain calm while job searching is to create a comprehensive plan. This way, you don’t feel like you’re wasting as much time without a job. Things to include in your plan:

• How much time you’ll dedicate to each task
• Looking at job boards
• Browsing niche job sites
• Networking
• Attending industry events
• Following-up
• Spending time on social media
• Building and maintaining your personal brand

Use the Internet to research and come prepared. Do you get nervous when you’re asked for a phone or in-person interview? In order to remain calm, research the company (and the hiring manager) ahead of time. Write down notes if it helps you remember key points. Find their “pain points”—things that they may be struggling with—and determine how you can help them.

Volunteer your time with a nonprofit or charity. Volunteering is great for job seekers in many ways. First of all, it provides a much-needed break from the typical job search activities. It’s also a great way to meet people that may be able to help you find out about an opening not posted. Volunteering helps you build your professional skills and add more accomplishments to your resume. Lastly, filling your time with a volunteer position while job seeking ensures that you don’t acquire time gaps in your resume.

Remember what makes you stand out from your peers and other job seekers. The tough job market can get anyone down. But once you’re feeling down on yourself, employers will surely notice. Who wants to hire someone who doesn’t believe in what they have to offer? Create a list of skills and characteristics that make you unique and incorporate this into your online portfolio, resume and elevator pitch. Believing in yourself is one of the best ways to ensure you’ll land a job in your field.

Will you be job seeking in 2011? What’s your plan of attack?

~ Heather Huhman, Job Search Expert, Campus Calm™
Heather Huhman

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