On job hunt
By Debra Bela (Career One, Courier Mail Brisbane QLD, Sat July 21st 2013)
Jane Anderson has emerged from her job search burnout with coping mechanisms she now shares with some of the 26,400 long-term unemployed in Queensland. A decade-high unemployment rate in the state, the trend toward part-time work and a jobs market saturated with highly skilled applicants is frustrating many in their search for work. “The thing that will burn you out is the demoralising experience of just competing with 300 people for a job at a time,” Anderson says. “And people are applying for 50 jobs and not getting feedback and being too scared to ask for it.”
Anderson moved into career counseling after suffering burnout at work, followed by months of unsuccessful job hunting and a marriage breakdown. “I never wanted that experience again and I wanted to learn how to help other people.”
She now runs her own company has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) as well as diplomas in Workplace and Executive Coaching, and Training and Assessment. With only 60 per cent of available jobs advertised, networking and selling yourself to potential employers has never been more necessary, Anderson says. She advised jobseekers not to wait until they see a job advertised to start preparing to apply.
“Before you start anything, have your LinkedIn profile done and get a targeted resume together,” she says. For frustrated Brisbane job hunters, the website meetup.com provides details of gatherings of people relevant to a particular occupation where they can exchange ideas and contacts and work together.
To beat the burnout, Anderson recommends a period of volunteering, to do something for others, and building a well-rounded impression of yourself on your resume. She also encourages a focus on self-care while job hunting, countering each negative experience with three positive ones or finding activities which are enjoyable and help you maintain a balanced lifestyle.
Staying Positive: After searching for jobs herself, Jane Anderson recommends good online networking and volunteering to avoid burnout.
Road Back to Working Again – The average length of time a worker looks for a new job is 18 weeks. 9 per cent of those in the labour force but not actively looking for work are discouraged jobseekers.