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Not Getting Any Job Offers? Don’t Let Your Failed Job Search Get You Down!

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It’s easy to get discouraged during your job search, especially if you’ve been at it for a while. But, it’s important to stay positive. Doing so will motivate you to continue – and, your attitude will spill over as you network and interview, increasing your chances of making a good impression.

How to Stay Upbeat

Easier said than done, right?

Here are some strategies to stay upbeat as you progress through your job hunt:

Establish a routine

Treat job hunting like a full-time job. Wake up early, take a lunch break, and wrap it up before dinner time. But while you’re at it, stay focused and disciplined.

Set reasonable goals

At the start of each week, make concrete, reasonable goals to achieve. For instance: Write and send five resumes. Reach out to three LinkedIn connections. Make calls to set up two informational interviews. By working towards these achievable targets, you’ll feel more accomplished.

Helping others is a great way to feel more purpose-driven

And, volunteering exposes you to new people and fresh perspectives. Find a non-profit organization related to your clinical specialty or to a personal interest. It may even lead you down a career path that you may not have previously considered.

Join a job search club

Being part of a group of other job seekers will provide much-needed support. It will help you stay on top of your own search, and may also offer tips and leads. Look to networking sites, your local library or your college career center for possible clubs. Or, start your own!

Celebrate small wins

Instead of dwelling on rejections and setbacks, celebrate even the smallest victories – such as being called for a phone interview, making a new LinkedIn connection, or getting a positive comment on a blog post. This will help you to stay focused on the positive.

See everything as an opportunity

Try to think of every jobhunt-relatedd task – whether it’s writing a cover letter, sending a resume or going to a networking event – as an opportunity that will make you a better candidate. For instance, that cover letter is a chance to hone your writing and communication skills.

Focus on what you can control

If you find yourself worrying about things that are out of your hands; for instance, whether or not an interviewer will call you back, then do something that you can Send out another resume, sign up for a course to shore up a new skill, or make another move that will actually be helpful to you.

Move on quickly

Of course, keep track of all the jobs to which you apply, and follow up with employers if you don’t get a response within a timely manner. But if you don’t hear anything after that, or if you don’t get a certain position, move on. Give yourself just a little time to lick your wounds, and then cross if off your list. On to the next opportunity!

Job hunting is hard work. It can be discouraging. But the good news is: you don’t have to go it alone. The right career coach can be a tremendous support, as well as a source of contacts, resources and market intelligence. Medicalpros Recruiting + Staffing has a proven track record of matching healthcare professionals with leading employers throughout the Northwest. Contact us today to discuss your job search – and your future.

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