Job Search Stalled - Give it a Jump Start
Have you been out of the workforce for an extended period of time? Do you feel like you will never secure a rewarding full-time position? Searching for new employment can sometimes seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You take on the task of steadily submitting resumes and cover letters that cross the desks of unresponsive employers, and you make numerous phone calls that are met with apathy and indifference. These types of experiences can lead to pessimism. Stop and re-examine your needs and strategies as well as your support systems that will keep you focused. During this highly nerve-racking and difficult time, you need to become innovative in your approach.
Here are a few strategies that will help you stay on the right track:
Be Realistic: If you have been searching for employment for at least six months, it is time that you examine your thinking and ask yourself if you have been targeting the right places. It is important to do your research and weigh your options to make sure you're heading in the right direction. I have found that individuals tend to give in easily when they keep doing the same thing time after time without ever getting a positive result.
Enhance Your Resume & Cover Letter: Take another look at your resume and cover letter, asking yourself, "Have I been clear in my career objectives?" "Do I have a vital-to-this-market skill that I haven't mentioned?" "Have I been specific enough in my accomplishments and ability to bring success to this company?" Once you have reviewed your resume and letter, resend the "new and improved" version to everyone you have been in touch with since your began your job search.
Learn From Your Past Errors: If you had an interview but didn't secure the position, ask the recruitment officer if there was anything you may be able to improve. Most recruiters will be pleased to assist you and provide you with ideas for improvement. Remember, you can only gain insight by asking questions, but you must be open to constructive criticism.
Networking: Maintain a strong connection with your previous contacts. If it has been over six months since you last visited or telephoned them, re-establish those connections. Simply pick up the phone or send them a letter indicating that you are as eager as ever to become a part of their team. Re-state your skills and proficiencies and re-orient them to your career goals and objectives.