The Job Search Rollercoaster

8 May

If you have been on an extended job search, you may feel like you have been on a rollercoaster ride that you haven’t been able to get off of. There will be high and lows, twists and turns, and plenty of excitement. Below are some of the twists and turns that you may experience in your job search.

1) Hope Springs Eternal

At the beginning of the search maybe you feel refreshed and even thankful that you have been able to take some time off. You might be optimistic that you’ll find a new job quickly and it might even be better than the last position that you held. You eagerly apply for jobs and set up networking meetings. You rise early, excited to meet the challenge of finding a new position.

2) Mild Panic Sets In

Some time passes, and you realize that this isn’t going to be as easy as you thought. You wonder what is with all of these online applications systems and you start to suspect that your perfectly formatted and beautiful resume might not be making past HR, or worse yet maybe it isn’t even being viewed by a human in HR.

3) Time to Regroup

But, no problem you say. I can learn this new job application process, up my social media profiles, and find my dream job. You read everything you can about how to improve your LinkedIn profile, how to create your personal brand, networking tips, and various other job search advice. With this newfound wisdom you feel re-engerized and ready to keep plugging away.

4) Some Success

You’ve maybe landed some interviews or made some good contacts in your field. You feel optimistic that your great job is just around the corner. You aren’t really worried, but you are ready to get back to work. With all of the work that you have done, you can’t imagine that the search process will take much longer. You may start to think about things that you will do when you are back to having your regular income again, small indulgences, that during unemployment may seem extravagant.

5) State of Shock

Your efforts haven’t paid off yet, and you are in shock that it is taking this long. How could an employer not see how great you are? How much longer is this going to go on? You start to wonder if you need to be going in a totally different direction. Do you really need more education or a different type of training?

6) Back to Reality

You’re confident in your abilities and with some changes in strategy in your search process, you feel a renewed sense of hope. It just can’t possibly go on much longer. You remind yourself of all of the success stories that are out there and hold on to the nuggets of improvement in the jobs data.

Does any of this sound familiar to you? It’s a process, and some days you’ll be hopeful, some days you’ll be scared, some days you’ll be peacful, and some days you’ll be excited. Just keep going and eventually you will be able to get off of the job search rollercoaster.

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4 Responses to “The Job Search Rollercoaster”

  1. Vishnu May 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    This is a pretty good overview of what the job search process is like. Usually, when you least expect it, you get hired!! I think the secret is to keep pushing forward even through the slow and panicky days. And also realizing it’s a cycle/process like you describe here in the post.

    • Lisa M. May 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Vishnu! Yes, it is a process, it is a good reminder that you just need to keep pushing forward.

  2. Razwana May 10, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    A roller coaster is a very accurate way to describe it. I have gone through these motions (and emotions) before for sure.

    Totally agree with Vishnu that pushing forward is the key. I would add that connecting with people in the same position as you helps because they can lend some support as well as perspective. And you’ve done this really well with this blog!

    • Lisa M. May 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Thanks Razwana! It has been great to connect with others with this blog!

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