If you’re feeling like your job search has hit a roadblock or aren’t seeing any progress, why not take advantage of the spare time you have to take care of some important tasks?
Give yourself the time to reflect on your performance up to this point, reevaluate your job search methods for future success, and figure out the areas you may be able to improve.
Take a Step Back
If you’ve been living and breathing your job search for several weeks now, you may be feeling like you can’t think straight anymore. You and your job search may benefit greatly from a short timeout. Take a short, weekend trip or simply take some time off from your job search for a few days to relax and reinvigorate your efforts. Gain some new perspective and come back refreshed.
How effective are your career documents?
Take the time to re-examine your career documents. Could your resume or cover letter use some touch-ups, or do they need to be updated? If you haven’t received many interviews, the problem may lie in your resume and cover letter.
Have a professional resume writer review it to provide you with suggestions on how you can improve their content. You can also find samples of powerful resume and cover letters on the internet to give you some ideas. Make sure your resume is full of your professional accomplishments, appropriate industry keywords, and your cover letter conveys your skills and passion for your industry.
How diversified are your job search efforts?
Too often, job seekers focus on only one method to find potential job opportunities. Quite often nowadays, this means searching online job boards for available jobs. There are several different places to find job opportunities, don’t limit your efforts to only one area. Besides online job boards, you can find positions through company websites, cold calling, recruiters, networking, LinkedIn, classified ads, job fairs, or community events.
What feedback have you received from past interviews?
Look carefully through any and all feedback you may have received after your past interviews. This could contain valuable information and insight into your interviewing skills. Take the feedback you receive and use it to improve your future interview performance. Use some of the information to improve the message in your resume and cover letter.
Revisit Your Goals
How focused is your job target? How in line with your professional skills and experience is your job target? These are important questions that you need to ask yourself to ensure that your job search is on the right track.
Have a specific job target in mind. Don’t just send a generic resume out to any position posted. Your resume and cover letter should be appropriately focused toward your specific niche in your industry. When you apply to relevant positions, your skills and accomplishments in relation to the position are evident to an employer.
This extra time can provide clarity and focus that can assist in taking your job search to the next level.
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