Losing a Job; Finding a Job: Ten Useful Tips (Part 2: Tips 5-10)

A few days ago, I posted five tips that I found very useful in my just-completed job search. I have ten to share and there just isn’t enough room in a single post for ten tips. Besides, it’s past the recommended post length. Finding a job is a long and emotionally draining experience. It can also be an exciting one when at the end of the trail you have opened new opportunities.

In case you missed it: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/losing-a-job-finding-a-job-ten-useful-tips-post-1-tips-1-5/

To summarize that post:

1)      Start your search immediately

2)      Dedicate yourself fully to the search

3)      But do leave time for yourself

4)      Explore all leads and avenues

5)      Network!

Below are five more. I hope you find them useful.

6)      Be Patient – People told me to be patient, that a job search takes time. Some told me it can take as much as six months at my level. In fairness, they are right. A job search can take a lot of time. Realistically, searches take from 3-6 months. That’s the norm. So be patient. It is a hard realization to accept, but it’s critical to keeping your spirits up.

7)      Focus on what you want to do and search out those positions – Try to stay focused on your skill set and apply for those jobs to which you bring experience and skills to the table. This probably isn’t the best time to start looking around for something totally new. Better to do that when you already have a job.

8)      Don’t dwell on the past and learn from your mistakes – Perhaps the single most important lesson I learned (and luckily was able to implement while still on the search) was to be careful not to give the impression that I was hurt by having lost my job. It’s natural to be angry, hurt and confused. But be careful not to show these emotions to potential employers and don’t be critical of the company that fired you. Potential employers do not like it and their HR people will pick up on it even if you have no idea that you are coming across that way. I was lucky that I was told that this is the way I came across on one occasion. But with that knowledge, I was able to make sure it didn’t happen again.

9)      Stay upbeat, show self-confidence – Easier said than done, but crucial. Drill yourself if you have to. It is said that losing a job resembles mourning. First you are in disbelief, then you are angry, then you are depressed, then you start to come out of it. It is easy to fall into despair and depression, but don’t. People see it. Potential employers see it. Every interview you go to can be “the one” and you always need to be at your very best. And you can’t be at your best if you are depressed.

10)   Keep the faith in yourself – Don’t start losing your confidence because you were fired or because it’s taking a while to find a job.  Don’t start feeling sorry for yourself. Admittedly, losing a job isn’t fun. But worse things can happen, so keep perspective. You’ve been around a while and are probably very good at what you do. Eventually, someone will appreciate it. One of the hardest things I encountered was the fact that many companies don’t even respond to you. I can’t tell you how many CVs I sent to recruiters and online job searches for positions I was very qualified for and none of them even responded. It drove me crazy. There were even certain positions for which I interviewed, met with the HR person for over an hour, thought I had a good meeting and never heard back. I have a big problem with this. I think it’s very unprofessional. But it is common in Israel and it is definitely not personal. Don’t let this affect your confidence.

Good luck with your job search!

About the Author
Barry grew up in New York and made Aliyah in 1988. He reached the rank of LTC in the IDF. He is a seasoned Marketing and PR professional.