For many people out on the job hunt, finding the right career path can sometimes take more time than planned. When this happens, the stagnation can make many active job seekers feel as if their whole life has derailed. When you reach this point, it’s hard to not take the rejection personally.
When your job hunt has stalled, you’ve got to change your game plan. What you need is to breathe new life into your search, and consider alternative, creative options. The best way to achieve that is to get some perspective. It’s time to step back from your situation and take a long look at how you’ve been going about your job search.
Then, throw it all out the window.
Instead of focusing on the doors that are closing, think of these moments as opportunities for others to open. You need to feel excited about being a job seeker and let this energy radiate in the way you present yourself to potential employers. Revamping and reenergizing your job search will give you a fresh start and the motivation you need to land the right position. Here are four proven tips to boost your confidence and get your job hunt back on track.
Revamp your resume
Let’s be honest; there is a reason your resume isn’t making it to the top of the applicant pile. You need to make your resume match the company’s needs. Check out their mission statement and pepper their industry keywords throughout your resume and cover letter. Update your skills to emphasize those listed in the job description. Be honest, but be targeted. Get their attention by showing how you are the best match.
Be the solution
You’re a machinist with a history of exceeding production quotas. Or, maybe you’re a .NET developer who excels at SQL and VB.net. Your strengths are this company’s solution. Encourage them to see your talents as a way to boost to their biggest challenges. Reach out to companies in need, introduce yourself and tell them how you can help them achieve their goals.
Reestablish your network
Remember Bob from the HR department at your last manufacturing job? Where is he now? What about your classmates from undergrad? Where are they now? Make time in your job search to reconnect with your network. Give them a call or shoot them a message on social media, especially LinkedIn. Find out what opportunities they have caught wind of and ask them to keep your name in mind if anything new comes up.
Partner with a staffing firm
You don’t have to go at this alone. Job consultants, employment coaches and staffing agencies are all great resources to help you land your next job. These qualified professionals can help you with resume writing, interviewing and, most importantly, making connections. Because of their tight client relationships, staffing firms have access to hidden opportunities. Consider taking on temporary positions or contract work.
Most importantly, keep moving forward. If your current job search isn’t working, don’t be afraid to mix it up and take a new approach.