Employment opportunities abound in Dubai. But even if there are thousands of jobs in Dubai, it doesn’t automatically mean that anyone looking for a job won’t experience any difficulties landing one here.
Many job seekers both in and outside the UAE can run into various obstacles that can prolong their job search. Since competition can be stiff, it may take people weeks and even a couple of months to land a job.
But no matter how long it takes you to find the job you are aiming for, giving up or settling for something that you don’t like should be the last thing on your mind. The trick is to stay motivated as you continue your search for your dream job. By doing so, you will always be a step closer to getting employed by a company you like and in the position you want.
If you’re close to giving up on finding your dream job, follow these tips to help you stay positive as you continue your job search:
Take a break
Looking at different websites and reading various job openings for several hours each day can be exhausting. If you do this daily, you may suffer from burnout soon. You may even develop eye fatigue if you stare at your computer screen for hours on end.
To avoid suffering from “job hunt burnout”, take some time out from looking for a job. Don’t open any job site or check your email for at least a day.
Next, set a limit on how much time you should spend on your job search every day.
During your one-day break and time off from job hunting, relax. Meditate, go hiking, or read a book. Do whatever you need or want to do to forget about your worries for a while and re-energize.
Once you are refreshed, you feel more invigorated when you start again.
Starting anew with your job search is sometimes the key to bolster your efforts.
This means revising or completely overhauling your resume. If you keep using only one resume when applying, now is the time to create different ones that are more suitable for each position you are targeting.
Another way to reset your job hunting efforts is to stop submitting your application for any job that you come across. Instead, start choosing ones that you are excited about and qualified for. By doing so, you will face fewer rejections. Moreover, you will be more eager to open any communication you receive from the hiring companies.
Don’t go through the journey feeling isolated
When you are looking for work, you may start feeling lonely, especially if everyone you know is happily employed.
Feeling alone or isolated can make you feel less motivated to push through with your job search. As such, it is important to remember that there are other job seekers going through the same experience as you are.
To reduce your feelings of loneliness, join some job-seeker groups on LinkedIn and other websites or social media platforms and connect with the members. Share your experiences or regularly talk to them so that you never feel that you are alone.
Joining these groups will allow you to broaden your social network as well. And this can boost your chances of getting a job that you really like.
Know when to get help
As already mentioned, job hunting doesn’t need to be a lonely experience. Aside from getting support from your fellow job seekers, you can also ask for help from your friends or family. They can help you with some tasks such as proofreading your resume or conducting mock interviews with you.
Recruitment agencies can give you a leg up with your job applications as well. If you are always having a hard time finding companies and job openings you are interested in, a recruitment firm already has a roster of clients that may catch your eye. These agencies can also help you in every step of the job hunting process.
In case you need to work on some skills, don’t hesitate to get help. For instance, if you think writing and public speaking aren’t your strongest suits, enroll in a business English course and let a tutor help you improve these skills.
Keep in mind that your situation is only temporary
Lastly, even if you have already been applying for a new job for a few months already, remember that this is only temporary. You will get a job you like soon enough.
You have to avoid letting your frustration and worries overcome you. If you do, you will lose the inspiration to continue with your search.
Whenever you are losing the will to continue, take a deep breath. When you exhale, let go of your doubts and worries. Take a step back, scrutinize your strategy, and revise or change it if necessary. This way, when you get back to job searching, you can be positive and ready to take on any challenge that will come your way.
If you are currently looking for a job, never give up hope. That is the one thing that you can’t afford to lose in this important stage of your life.
David Mackenzie, a recruitment professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group, including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.