Are you feeling lost or stuck in your job search?
There are plenty of smart, successful people who struggle with finding jobs or a securing satisfying career. Why is this? Many times, they don’t know how to look for work. Most people have never been taught how to find a new job. They do the things that they “think” they should do — applying for positions online, posting their resume on job boards, and even creating a LinkedIn profile (even if they’re not sure what to do with it).
But when they don’t get the results they want, they get stuck. With no immediate results, it’s easy to get frustrated. Many times, they won’t hear anything back at all from their applications, so they’re not sure how to move forward.
If your job search isn’t working, it’s time to do something different. Treat your job search as a project, with defined objectives, an action plan, and a timeline. Ask someone you trust (a spouse, friend, another jobseeker, or a career coach) to be your accountability partner — someone who will support, encourage, and motivate you in your job search.
There are several key steps to securing the right job. Consider the following areas when evaluating your overall search:
- Evaluate your internal and external values
- Identify a clear focus (what type of position will you be seeking? In what industry?)
- Write an accomplishment-focused resume that meets ATS standards
- Craft a compelling cover letter
- Develop a powerful LinkedIn profile
- Establish a list of target companies
- Cultivate your connections
- Align your networking activities with targeted companies
- Set aside adequate time to prepare for all interviews
- Practice killer follow up
If you are having trouble in more than one area, start with first reason and “fix” that before you move on to the next area. Conducting a more comprehensive search –one that focuses on multiple search channels as opposed to online applications– will bring faster, more fulfilling results.