Job searching takes a lot of work and stamina. It is so much more than just sending resumes out (and that alone takes time and concentration to do it right!). It is so frustrating sometimes to be working so hard and seem to not be getting anywhere…if you have hit a roadblock here’s some suggestions.
Re-evaluate – really take a look at what you want to be doing, why you want to change from what you currently are doing. Try to take the frustrating emotions out of the picture and think critically about your goals.
Make a plan – What are your goals for the day, the week, next week? What more can you be doing?
Think outside the box – yes, so cliche…but so true! If you keep doing the same thing expecting better results – isn’t that insanity?
Pack your tool box – Research new hot topics within your field, connect to others within the field, get involved within your field! Volunteer, find other ways to utilize your skills, build your network.
Social Media – join the conversation! What is your online presence? Make yourself known as a commodity within your field. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook…great resources…and they are all free!
Open your options! – think an Accountant can only work for a CPA or Accounting Firm…not so! There are accounting departments in most businesses! Same goes for Communications/Marketing/IT…perhaps what you are looking for could be called something different at a certain company – again…do your research and keep your options open! – example, when I first graduated from under grad, I was looking for Human Resource jobs…my first post graduate internship was in a People Services department…same as HR, just a fancier term.
Utilize your resources – Call up your network! Do they know you are searching? This means family, friends, former colleagues…anyone you are connected to. You should be maintaining contact with your network in good times and in bad. People might not have the time to help you if you don’t maintain a relationship when you aren’t searching. It really is all about the connection, conversation, and relationships!
Make a motivational box/vision board – something, anything to keep you going! Take time for yourself, go for a walk, hit the gym, knit a scarf, make a quilt, bake a cake. Getting out and clearing the cobwebs from your frustrated mind can help with new vision or fresh ideas of a new job search approach!
Update/refresh your resume! If it isn’t catching people’s eye, maybe it is time to have a professional review it. Freshen up your format…strengthen your action verbs…focus on accomplishments!
Ultimately, we are each on our own career path…and it is not easy to find a new job or switch careers right now. But the dedication, creativity, and ingenuity that you show during your job search can only positively portray you to future employers.
Continue to gather your transferable skills – show people your talents – stay positive – use the bumps in the road to redirect and reevaluate….Thanks for including us on your journey! Don’t blink, you might miss something!