Oh, the dreaded job search. For many of those out of work or looking to better their careers, the job search isn’t a simple search, it’s a time-consuming dilemma that may as well be a job you’re not getting paid to do. Frustrating doesn’t even come close to describing the job search process for most.
If you have been on the hunt for a new job or career for any length of time, the job search has probably become mundane. You may sit at your computer for hours scrolling through pages and pages of job titles, all of which don’t seem appealing because you’ve seen 1.73 billion links on the page to jobs you aren’t qualified for, don’t pay enough for your bills or something else.
Take a fresh approach to your job search by following a few of these tips:
- Reach Out
○ If nobody close to you knows you’re looking for a job, you’re potentially missing out on some networking options.
■ Someone close to you (family or friends) may know of a prime opportunity somewhere, maybe somewhere that they work.
- This can help you more than you know; employers are likely to hire a qualified individual that comes with a recommendation from a current employee.
○ Get out there and meet people. It’s not as difficult as it seems. You never know who you’re going to meet. Social gatherings, such as dinner parties, are ideal venues for meeting new people.
■ You don’t need to introduce yourself by saying “I need a new career.” Bringing up your current position in casual conversation, however, can lead to an opportunity for fruitful conversation.
- Spruce up Your Resume
○ Your resume needs to be targeted to the career path you’re looking for.
■ Today’s job market isn’t easy which has led to many seekers applying to many different types of positions. Your resume needs to be targeted to the career or job.
- Having a couple versions of your resume isn’t always a bad thing, especially if you’re looking at jobs which are completely unrelated to each other.
- Get Prepared
○ Print off fresh copies of your resume to have at the tip of your fingers whenever you may need one.
○ Keep a few copies in a folder in your car or briefcase; you never know when you’ll meet someone.
- Keep Track of Your Contacts
○ It’s difficult, but worth it. Keep a spreadsheet or handwritten paper that details which job you applied to and when.
○ Keep a contact file that has names, phone numbers and email addresses of people you’ve interviewed with or spoken with.
■ Send out thank you notes to people you’ve interviewed with.
If you’re sitting at the computer for hours a night or flipping through the pages of your newspaper looking for leads, switching up your game plan can help you keep your sanity while giving you a fresh pair of eyes.