Many jobseekers spend a considerable amount of time sending a myriad of resumes to several positions of interest only to find out that they have been rejected or have heard from only a few with no interview offers.
When your job search is clearly not working for you, it’s time to assess what you are doing and how you are conducting your job search and what results are being derived. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results means that it’s time to do something different.
Here are some strategies to consider when your job search is less than productive in order to opt for a more focused job search.
Firstly, determine where you are stuck in your job search.
Ask yourself these questions. Identify the problem before you can find a solution.
Is your résumé getting interviews?
Are you getting offers after your interviews?
Are you applying for positions that you’re qualified for, i.e. not underqualified or overqualified.
Apply for positions that are aligned with your résumé. If your job target is to be an administrative assistant, do not use the résumé to apply for accounting jobs.
Have a clearly defined goal. Aiming for “any” job usually leads to not receiving “any” offers. Ensure that you narrow your ideal industry and type of company.
Create an action plan of specific activities that will help you connect with prospective employers. Set realistic and measurable goals and break down the specific activities into manageable steps.
The most effective job search strategies involve tapping into the hidden job market – talk to professionals who can either hire you directly, or place you in direct contact with a hiring manager.
Enlist help. Ask a friend, another jobseeker, or a career coach or counselor to serve as your accountability partner — to support, encourage, and motivate you in your job search.
If you are still uncertain of what you want in your next job, conduct a detailed self-assessment by asking yourself:
What functions and/or tasks are you good at?
What do prospective employers in your field need?
Is there a match between the two?
If you are not receiving interviews, the problem might be your résumé. Request constructive and detailed feedback from a career professional.
Evaluate how you are preparing for job interviews.
Are you thoroughly researching the company and the person interviewing you?
Find out how can you integrate into the company? What skills, knowledge, and qualifications do you have to offer?
If you’re getting interviews, but not offers, consider brushing up on your interviewing skills with the assistance of a Certified Employment Strategist.
Listen carefully. Don’t hesitate to ask questions; remember, you’re looking for an ideal match.
For assistance with advancing your job search, contact Creative Horizons Communications – Resumes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905.730.2374. Lori Jazvac offers strategic career coaching sessions via phone and assists professionals with furthering their career goals. Take a leap of faith!