Hating your Job Search isn’t Helping You: Here’s How To Make your Job Search Fun and Why It’ll Help You Succeed

While job search can often feel like another job and while it does take significant time and effort, it shouldn’t be entirely dreary. If you’re not enjoying certain elements of the process, it could be a useful signal for you to take a step back and rethink if your strategy is optimized in your favor, or if you’re slowing yourself down by pursuing a direction that isn’t aligned with you. I recently heard a client tell me, “I wasn’t enjoying the job search process. There wasn’t joy or excitement in the job hunt.” That’s when she knew it was time to reflect and pivot.

First, let’s make clear how you’re slowing your job search down if you’re uninterested in your direction:

  • You’ll sound robotic and lose out during your interviews. This is palpable to any interviewer when you’re telling them what you think they want to hear, verus being truly engaged, genuine, excited, authentic, and compelling in why you’re going to be a standout person on the team who not only can get the job done but wants to get the job done, and will have fun doing it.

What exactly should feel fun during my job search?

  • Networking and interviews are a mirror into the work you’d be doing: Consider who you want to talk to, and about what. What problems do you care about or find important and interesting? What problems do you want to help solve, how, where, and why?

So how should I adjust and find joy in my job search so that I can see better outcomes?

  1. Reflect and ready yourself for a change: Ask yourself: How do I feel about my job search? How do I feel about my direction? Am I interested in it? Do I think it would have an impact if I felt aligned with the direction I am pursuing?

In order to learn about WOKEN’s career exploration and job search platform and coaching, check out their website here or book a free career coaching call here.

Rachel Serwetz’ early professional experience was at Goldman Sachs in Operations and at Bridgewater Associates in HR. From there, she was trained as a coach at NYU and became a certified coach through the International Coach Federation. After this, she worked in HR Research at Aon Hewitt and attained her Technology MBA at NYU Stern. Throughout her career, she has helped hundreds of professionals with career exploration and for the past 4.5+ years she has been building her company, WOKEN, which is an online career exploration platform to coach professionals through the process of clarifying their ideal job and career path. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Binghamton University and has served as a Career Coach through the Flatiron School, Columbia University, WeWork, and Project Activate.

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