GroundhogDoes looking for a job make you feel like you're stuck in the movie Groundhog Day where every day was the same as the day before? Searching and applying for jobs can be frustrating if you're not getting the results you want. To keep working towards your goal without getting discouraged, try some of these tips if you think you're in a rut.

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4 Tips to Avoid Job Search Groundhog Day

Feb 10, 2020

GroundhogDoes looking for a job make you feel like you're stuck in the movie Groundhog Day where every day was the same as the day before? Do you keep submitting applications without making any progress? Do you go to interviews but never receive a call back?

We all know that searching and applying for jobs can be frustrating if you're not getting the results you want. To keep working towards your goal without getting discouraged, think about whether you need to take a fresh approach. Try some of these tips if you think you're in a rut:

  1. Get creative. Have an ideal job in mind? Try researching updates or advancements in your field of interest. For example, want to work in human resources? Maybe there is a new class you can take. Employers are impressed with applicants who stay up to date on industry advances. Or create a vision board of everything that inspires you about your dream job and refer to it frequently.
  2. Set your intention. Whether you're looking for your first job or want to go back to work, take some time to figure out what you want to do and what steps to take to get you there. Unsure about what you want to do? A Ticket to Work service provider can help you identify your skills and explore what jobs may be right for you! Focusing on the kind of work you want to do will also help you when you network.
  3. Network and use your relationships. Are you spending most of your time applying through job boards online? As we've noted before, statistics show that as many as 85% of jobs are filled through networking. Are you using your networks? Think about attending a networking event or job fair. Tap into your network for an information interview to learn more about your desired career. An information interview may even be a stepping stone to employment. Depending on the impression you leave, the person you meet with may think of you the next time they hear of a job opening! Or consider finding a mentor who can offer guidance based on their experience to help you figure out your next steps.
  4. Take care of yourself. Managing your health while job searching is key. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you feeling stressed? Understanding your needs and reaching out or using resources can provide the support you need to succeed in both your personal life and your career. Build self-care routines into your schedule to help keep you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your job search.

Rita: "This day was perfect. You couldn't have planned a day like this."

Phil: "Well, you can. It just takes an awful lot of work."

- Groundhog Day -

Find your path to success!

Remember, looking for a job takes both time and effort. We're here to help. Connecting with Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program could be just the spark you need to re-energize your job search! Additional Social Security Work Incentives can also help you on your path to financial independence.

The Ticket program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. It helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.

Get out of your Groundhog Day cycle and call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.

Get out of your Groundhog Day cycle and call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.

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