Still looking for that job? Have you been looking for a job for what feels like ages?
Seriously, you have been at it. You have done it all and applied for it all and still…nothing. You wonder, “What the heck is going on?” Here are a few things to consider that will (hopefully) help and lessen your job search woes.
Pause: Perhaps this is the moment to take a break and review if getting some more credentials is worth a shot. Is there a certification that can help? An adult learning master class? Is there a possibility to improve your education in the field in which you are applying? An online course? Take a moment to review what might be going awry in your search.
Online Presence: How is it? How is your Facebook and Instagram looking? While working as a recruiter, we definitely looked at potential candidates online presence before giving a call. Unsavory pictures led quickly to the No file. Also, if you have not already join LinkedIn and keep it updated.
Your Resume: Please make sure the grammar and spelling is perfected. If you have been using your resume and its getting you nowhere maybe it’s time for a professional review and/or a new approach. Going for a two-pager? It has to have relevant experience specifically related to the job in which you are applying. I reviewed many two-page resumes that were very loosely related to the position in which I was recruiting. I found them long-winded and messy. Case Point: If you have been sending out a resume and its not getting you in for an interview, it’s probably time for a review.
Your Inner Dialogue/Thoughts: Examine your thoughts. Are you really excited about the specific job you are seeking? Do you really want to do this and are you bringing true enthusiasm to your search. Will you be happy in the position in which you are seeking? Are you seeking this specific position because it’s familiar and it’s what you know? I’m asking you to be honest with yourself. Often life steers us to live our best life and if you are coming up against a bunch a blocks perhaps life is speaking to you, guiding you in another direction which will bring more joy in your work-life. I often advise to see life as it can be, not as it appears to be. Recognizing your happiness is a great indicator in assessing your career satisfaction.