Frustrated, Sick and tired of looking for work? You’re not alone.

Thousands of people every day get up and start their day with feelings of hopelessness and frustration looking for work. It’s not easy and coupled with life’s challenges it can be extremely depressing.

Money is tight and bills are piling up, you just need a job!

There may be a few reasons why your job search is unsuccessful and taking so long.

  1. Your Resume
  2. You are only applying for vacant job ads

Your Best Foot Forward

Until you get an interview, your resume is your only representation. It is the employer’s window into you, your abilities and your enthusiasm for the job you’re applying for. You must show you want the job and that you can do it well. This means taking the time to ensure you have included and addressed all the job requirements and personal attributes they are looking for. They receive thousands of resumes so are simply scanning for a standout candidate who has all or most of what is required. Also, it needs to be clear, easy to read and have no spelling mistakes.

Find Your Passion and exploit your interests

You want to make sure that you have some interest in the jobs you’re applying for. Your enthusiasm will shine through and the feelings of satisfaction using skills that you ‘re good at and enjoy doing will prevail rather than frustration and negativity. Work is something you do every day so it’s important to be happy because it will affect your whole life not just your job.

I know it may be hard to think about job satisfaction when money is tight and you need to put food on the table. However, a little self-assessment now can save an abundance of misery for years to come. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself or your career!

Having fun and feeling good about what you are doing is more than half the battle.

Use Social Media For A Step Up

If you want something you have to ask for it, that’s what my mum used to say and how right she was. I don’t mean just applying for advertised positions, find other ways to get in contact and around people in your chosen profession. An easy way to do this is Social Media, Facebook and LinkedIn can be a direct link to these people and is a fast and effective way to get in contact.

Explore companies and industry-specific groups on these platforms, it may not connect you to your future boss but possibly to someone who knows them or about a vacant or upcoming position. These groups also connect you to like-minded people who are great for support and know firsthand what you’re going through.

Start asking friends, neighbours and anyone else you meet, this cultivates contacts and broadens your network. You never know it may not be this time but one of these people could be the future connection to your dream job.

Stay positive and set yourself goals every day to keep you motivated. Chase up all your applications and be polite and say Thank you when you are unsuccessful, where possible always ask for feedback, this will help you improve on your search, you can always reapply later.

Most importantly don’t take rejections personally, there are many possible reasons for you not getting the job and most of them have nothing to do with you. Stay committed and if all else fails, find yourself a mentor in your field who can give you some helpful tips and advice on standing out and landing your next job.


Lia Perre