Reasons To Be Cheerful #44: Job Hunting

20 Aug

These are hard times and where ten years ago job hunting might have seemed a tiresome task, these days it’s more akin to waterboarding.

What with being told that it’s perfectly acceptable to engage in internships at the age of 35 and finding that even a basic job will likely include at least three recruitment stages, it can be hard to maintain a coolly imperturbable attitude towards the procedure. So this post is written with an eye to putting a more positive spin on the task at hand. Here goes nothing.

1. You Are Not Alone

When you get that email that says ‘We had over 5,000 applicants and unfortunately there were candidates that we felt more closely matched our requirements’ you can at least feel more reasonably rejected. After all, you’re probably not in possession of credentials superior to 4,999 other jobseekers.

That personal touch makes all the difference

That personal touch makes all the difference…

2. No News is Good News

You might open up your email everyday with fresh new hopes, but if that is your attitude, I would suggest you change it. For while all publicity is good publicity, no news is good news. React to each inbox filled with emptiness and/or spam, as a sign that you may yet get an interview for that dream job. You know, the one you applied for three months ago.

3. Improved Productivity

If there is one thing – beyond the achievement of actually getting a job – that job hunting is good for, it is an increase in getting stuff done. I am of course, referring to tasks like dusting the shelves, getting up to date on Breaking Bad and powering through Tolstoy’s War and Peace. All important tasks that, while not specifically job-related, are at least quite likely to enhance your employability.

One application = one episode?

One application = one episode?

4. Widened Horizons

You may never have considered that going into the jungle to work with the hill tribes was your calling before you read an article about it whilst googling ‘career change’. But now you have, it all seems so clear. Just sort things with your spouse, obtain the flight money, let your room/house/flat, have the necessary injections, plan a going-away party and do a bit of research; and you’re there. Easy.

This could be you

This could be you

(REASONS TO BE PISSED OFF: It turns out that watching Breaking Bad and applying for jobs are actually pretty incompatible)


3 Responses to “Reasons To Be Cheerful #44: Job Hunting”

  1. dct August 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    yep, ticked off season 2 just moments ago…. (sigh)

    • lbellinlondon August 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Well it’s definitely gives you more gratification than an online application anyway


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