You can combat some of this unrest with emotional support, strategic and efficient job search and by making peace with the fact that you just have to do what you can and then wait. The good news is that every challenge hones our patience and strength. Here are a few things to do while you are waiting.
Take Care of Yourself
Practice your favorite way of centering your emotions. You can do this by meditating, exercising, praying, journaling, or by spending time with friends, nature or animals. Connect with mentors or other people who have gone through a recent job search. Social networks are a great place to communicate with others.
Treat Your Search as Your Current Job
Your title is now “Job Seeker”. Set up goals for this new endeavor. Break down the hunt into smaller projects. Create tasks such as re-writing your resume, build an online portfolio, creating a resume website, network with recruiters and managers, and attend job fairs. Learn everything you can about your intended job and industry. Examine your resume for common mistakes that might be turning off employers. If necessary, have an expert resume writer take a look and give you an objective critique.
By taking on part-time jobs, consulting work, volunteer work, freelance projects, and temporary jobs, you can gain more experience and make valuable contacts and obtain good references. Places to get this kind of work are temp agencies, local charities, and gig websites such as Odesk. If you can afford it, spend this free time to take college or continuing education courses. There are some free classes online given by major universities. Try saylor.org.
Practice for Your Interview
You have time now to look up interview questions and answers. Try Glassdoor.com for employee insight. Indeed.com also has a great forum. Investigate companies where you have applied. Learn about their business and their achievements. Find out what makes them special. Figure out what you have to bring to the company. What are your skills? Decide what you want to be paid and what the going salaries are. Gather your references.
Keep Your Head Up
While the job search can be excruciating, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Life is always moving and changing. This point in time is only a moment. You can get through it and find your ideal job. Perseverance and a good attitude will bring you something better than you could have imagined.