The job hunt isn’t easy. Especially if you want to win it. You need to work hard, be creative, and be persistent.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!
Think about some of the stuff you do for fun. Take sports or video games. When you’re in the zone, it’s not easy. It can be demanding, frustrating, difficult work. But it’s fun. The best fun is doing challenging but meaningful things.
The job hunt is no different. The first step to making it fun is making it meaningful. Don’t let the job hunt be something that just happens to you. Don’t treat it like a bunch of rote tasks you have to follow. You don’t have to do anything. Start there. Recognize that you are choosing to look for a job that you can choose to work in. And you can make that a choice that excites you!
Now the job hunt has meaning. It’s about you choosing a new adventure.
Next, dive into the work of finding interesting companies and roles. Not perfect, but interesting. You won’t find perfect, and if you did you wouldn’t recognize it ahead of time anyway. Just don’t do stuff you hate and look for stuff that’s genuinely interesting to you (not just for status or money). Find 5-10 interesting companies. Get curious, get excited, get creative.
Build and send them something unique. Take a chance and do something different. Be bold. Be playful. Translate the work you put in into a fun game. Don’t be too precious about your pitch or application. Just go for it!
And if you don’t get it, head down and go all in on the next one.
I’m telling you, there’s something transformative about taking ownership, working hard, and choosing to have fun on the job hunt. It alters your orientation to work and makes you more attractive to employers. It has a kind of magical effect of making you more effective!
The job hunt isn’t easy. But it can be fun!