The job hunt is on for many people at the moment. But long gone are the times that we just look for any old job, people are moving to find jobs that suit their needs and dreams. Which is great!

So to help with this, we’ve asked Sarah Naylor, a careers coach with over 30 years of experience, what we can do to protect our mental health when searching for that new role.

Here’s what she said:

Sarah Naylor

Know and trust that employment is waiting for you.

You will find a job – I promise you will.

It might not be your ideal job in the very first instance, but you will find work and the experience you gain will prove valuable if you choose to view it that way.  In fact, try viewing it with an ‘it’s good enough for now’ mindset, whilst you focus on manifesting your dream job.

And trust me, your dream job can and will materialise once you get clarity on what it is you are looking for specifically, and act upon the opportunities that arise.

However, in the meantime, whilst you are hunting for a job, I want you to relax.  Yes, relax, and trust that you will find employment.  Because if you want to work, if you are eager to work and want to do a good job, then a job will materialise.

I know this for a fact, as I’ve worked in the recruitment sector for 34 years and whilst much has changed during that time, one thing has always been true – if you are prepared to work, and perhaps do stuff that you don’t want to do at first whilst pursuing your dream career, you will always find employment.

Those who act positively are rarely out of work for very long.

To make your job search easier, take some time out, away from any distractions, and really think about what you want your career to look like, specifically, taking into consideration the following aspects:

  • What do you love doing?
  • What are your key skills and talents?
  • What knowledge do you have that you want to utilise and develop?
  • What type of organisation do you want to work for?
  • What type of people do you want to be around?
  • Where do you want to work location-wise?

Keep asking yourself open questions, and jot down whatever pops into your head in a journal, on your phone, or wherever you can easily access your notes again.

In short, build up an image in your mind, a bigger picture if you like, a vision of your career and the job you would love to undertake.  Creating this illusion in your mind’s eye will help you focus your attention on the roles that really appeal to you as they arise.

Also, when you have a real understanding of your ideal job and talk about it on a regular basis, you will find that opportunities start to be presented to you.

Take time to draft up a strong and clearly presented curriculum vitae that really echoes the essence of you, your skills, plans, experience (work, voluntary, hobbies, interests, etc) so that it’s ready to use.

Taking time to get the basics right will help you tremendously, and really take the strain out of job hunting.

Whilst manifesting your dream job is possible, do also be open-minded to other opportunities as they arise, as they may be important to building up the experience you require in one form or another.

The clearer you are about what it is that you want to do, the easier it will be to find the right job; and the more prepared you are when the interviews arise, the better.  My YouTube channel is full of careers-related content that you may find useful: https://www.youtube.com/c/SarahJNaylor

In summary:

  • You will find work; it might not be your ideal job in the first instance but the experience you gain will be valuable.
  • Take time to be specific and understand what it is that you do want to do career-wise, and if you’re not sure, just detail the elements you enjoy and the skills and experience you’d like to utilise, and answer the questions I’ve put to you above.
  • Keep asking yourself questions – be curious.
  • Take the opportunities that arise, if they feel right, or even if they just help you understand that perhaps this isn’t the career you thought it would be.
  • Make sure your CV is up to date and truly reflects who you are as a person – that way, you will attract the right opportunities.
  • Ensure that you have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile with a professional headshot (NOT a selfie from a night out!) and that it mirrors your CV for content.
  • Ensure that your CV is uploaded to the relevant job boards – recruiters and employers alike will find you.
  • Have open conversations about what it is that you want to do – spread the word!

Most importantly, know and trust that you will find work!

Thanks Sarah, wonderful insight! To hear more from Sarah, you can visit https://www.sarahjnaylor.com/ and browse through her courses, coaching offers, content and more.

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