Job seeking is a job. You need to be active and efficient during your job search. Your daily habits play a vital enough success landing your dream job. In JobsInGTA, we have seen many of job seekers fall off the wagon, wasting their precious time, engaging in mundane activities and even harming their mental, emotional and physical health.
To be effective while searching for your dream job, we share with you six daily habits that will elevate your life. These practices are doable and practical.
1) Wake Up Early
Waking up early is a habit that you need to build. You could be a late riser or a night awl, but to be successful in life, you need to think of your time as an unrenewable resource. When you wake up early, you will get a head start of your day; become more productive; be ready for early interviews and later for going to work, and you will have enough time to prepare a nutritious breakfast and level up your energy by moving and exercising.
2) Maintain Your Health
Like tour time, your health is a precious resource. No one hires a lazy person who is sick all the time. Staying healthy while searching for a new job requires taking the right decisions every day when it comes to lifestyle choices. Eat healthily, drink water and keep moving are the necessary daily rituals to do. Also, you also need to manage your stress level. You might be in some dire situation and feel desperate, but keep believing in yourself and know that success is a journey, not a destination.
Networking is crucial to job seekers for several reasons:
- You will fight loneliness and other negative feelings that stem from isolation.
- You will get a chance to meet new people and expand your professional network and build relations.
- You will learn about new opportunities in your field and your geographical area.
- You will understand the dynamics of the job market.
Search online for meetups or networking events in your areas; you will be amazed by the number of free or low-cost activities organized.
Attend those events with a growth mindset, and do not show how desperate you are. Have confidence in yourself and your skills and show a genuine interest in others.
4) Apply To Jobs
Although it might seem obvious and a no-brainer daily activity, but we have seen many job seekers get consumed in their everyday life leaving no room to search for jobs really, customize their resumes and write a specific cover letter.
Applying to jobs is a process that requires studying the job description, finding the keywords and tailoring your resume and cover letter to reflect the qualifications and the requirements that the employer is searching for. So, assign a chunk of your day to this process.
5) Develop Your Brand
Every job seeker, professional and person has a personal brand, make it a daily habit of working on it. Here are some tips:
- Review your digital and social media account. Use a professional photo, edit your resume, and check for spelling mistakes.
- Read articles related to your field and share your insights with your online network.
- Write articles or blogs that demonstrate your knowledge and expertise.
6) Upgrade Your Skills
Benjamin Franklin said: “All highly competent people continually search for ways to keep learning, growing, and improving.” While searching for a new job, you need to stay current and relevant. You can upgrade your skills by reading related books (the public library is a great place to find all you need), taking an online course, or attending workshops. This will enable you to understand the changing requirements of the job market, the new developments in your field and will increase your chances to land your dream job.