06/30/2015 |

job search mojoSearching for a job can be a tough game. It can be lonely and frustrating – and at times even downright painful. We question ourselves…second-guess our abilities. I’ve been there and it isn’t easy. It’s almost as if you’ve lost your MOJO.

Here are 4 steps to help you reignite your job search and reclaim your MOJO!!!

Step #1: Create a plan

It’s easy to spend your days aimlessly on a computer, doing absolutely nothing and accomplishing zilch. Often one of the hardest parts of the job search is just getting started.

To help you begin your job search, set some simple goals such as:

Decide the number of jobs you will apply for each week – then stick to it.

  • Track the number of follow up calls for applications you submit each week.
  • Attend at least one workshop a week at the Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point or the library.
  • Step outside of your comfort zone by meeting a new person or attending an event each week.

Step #2: Networking

Meeting new people may be uncomfortable for many people, but the rewards are incredible. Just think, 85% of    all jobs are filled by someone who knows someone. Why not be the next someone? Additionally, by building your network, you will stay focused on your job search and avoid becoming depressed.

Why not try going to:

  • A gym
  • Employer spotlights
  • Job clubs
  • Job fairs
  • Association meetings
  • Workshops (even if it’s not job search related). You never know who you might meet.

If you’re not into meeting new people (or just not ready), try calling old friends who are working. You never know what might materialize from one call.

120202-N-GZ832-017Step #3: Update your skills

Building or increasing your skills is an excellent way to stay relevant in this job market. It also helps you establish yourself as someone who is a doer. When interviewing, you’ll impress interviewers with what you’ve achieved while looking for a job.

City College has some excellent free classes on a variety of subjects. If you don’t know how to use the computer, or want to increase your current tech skills, the Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point can also assist you with some online classes. Volunteering for a local non-profit can help you build your skills, your resume, and grow your network.

Step #4: Take care of yourself

I know this one seems obvious, but it’s essential to take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Take a stroll down one of the business corridors – don’t forget to note businesses that are hiring – or take a brown bag lunch to Yerba Buena Gardens and let the stress melt away. Get away from the TV, the drama, and the job search.

Spend quality time on what’s really important……YOU

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Don’t worry. Eventually, you WILL land that job. So relax, get organized, and put these steps into practice. Enjoy your life. One day soon, when you’re hard at work, you’ll look back on this and thank god you took the time to get your Mojo back.

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