5 Ways to Perservere throughout the Job Search

Whether you are looking to fill a position or find one, perseverance is a quality you cannot live without.

Both finding and filling a position takes time and tenacity. It may seem that some positions may be filled overnight, but the majority don’t. When you are in the midst of a job/candidate search here are a few tips on perseverance.

1. Don’t make a quick decision just to fill a need or desire. Instead, make sure you are hiring the right person or making the best move. Jumping too quickly can cause more duress down the road. Sit patiently and the right person and opportunity will come along.

2. Use your resources. If the typical ways of finding or filling a position don’t seem to be working (i.e. looking online), seek out other ways to make a connection. Use your network, research people/companies, find a back door and go through it.

3. Take a break if needed. If burnout and frustration seem to be setting in, take a break. It’s okay to walk away from positions or people that aren’t right. Take a step back, reassess what it is you want and are looking for and give yourself time to digest all the transitions and opportunities taking place currently.

4. Practice patience. Remember the old adage, “good things come to those who wait.” Be diligent and persistent and your patience will pay off.

5. Seek support. Whether a staffing company to find the right hire, or a career coach or resume writer to build your personal branding and clarify your goals, look outside of yourself for help. It’s okay to seek professional guidance during this time. People who do, generally reach their goals faster and with less hassle and headache.

Overall, keep putting one foot in front of the other. Your small steps will equate to a big goal in the long run, but they won’t if you quit or give up. The more you keep moving forward, the closer you will get to making that next big move.

Applying Patience to Your Job Search

If only the job search happened instantaneously… Unfortunately, not all jobs are filled quickly, nor do applicants find a job in a short amount of time. Some employers take their time hiring, others are so short staffed that even hiring the help they need is too much work. That’s why it’s critical to apply patience to your job search.

The average person spends about 20 hours per week when actively searching for a new job (according to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire).  It can become a time consuming task in itself.  And while patience is essential, there are a few things that you can do to be proactive in your job search.

  • Keep your resume updated and individualized for the different types of jobs you are applying for.
  • Let your contacts and network know that you are actively seeking new employment.
  • Ensure your social media profiles are up to date and accurate.
  • Target specific companies, even when they are not advertising a new/open position.
  • Study the companies where you’d like to work.
  • Learn a new skill or trait, take a course, or invest in your education.
  • Use a variety of methods in finding openings (online, career fairs, recruiters).
  • Be prepared for the phone call. Have your interview suit ready to go.
  • Practice interview questions, know your answers before your appointment.
  • Look for back-door opportunities to meet executives and potential employers.

While some job searches and transitions can take as little as a few weeks, most individuals who are unemployed or who are actively searching, spend between 3-6 months in the job market. Be patient with your results.

If you aren’t getting any calls back, be sure that you are only applying to jobs that you are qualified for, or at least meet 90% of the requirements.  When you apply to jobs beyond your qualifications you are likely setting yourself up for disappointment. If you are qualified for the jobs you are applying to, but not getting calls back, check with a resume writer or career coach/mentor to see how your resume can be improved.

What are some other tips you have for being patient in your job search?

Best of luck in your job hunt!

What’s Really in a Resume?

When putting together a resume we often remember the basics such as job history, dates of employment, objective, or qualifications summary. But is this really what employers are looking for?

Typically individuals have no problem rehashing their work history, the tasks they completed, and their daily operations; however, what is this really saying about you, the applicant?

Sometimes we forget that these skills can be taught and while a company may write “requirements” that specify all of these things are indeed needed for the job, what they are really looking for is value.

What do you bring to the table that is unique, different, outstanding and will inherently increase the company’s overall worth, culture, or sales?

Take a good look at your resume and see if your resume alludes to your personal value or if it simply retells the tasks that you are skilled in.  Companies want to know “what can you do for us?”

Here are some examples:

“Increased productivity by 5% through uncovering and implementing new systems adopted by internal departments in less than six months”

“Tripled sales revenue at both 90 and 120 days of new product launch, currently averaging an increase of  5% in sales goals every month.”

“Trained and facilitated team members in new procedures that lead to lower turnover and increased morale”

You can see the difference besides just rattling off your skill set  and rehasing your role, instead tell your future employer what it is you’ll REALLY be doing for them!

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Interviews

Going through the interview process can become tedious if you have to sift through too many candidates, so why not try some fresh interview techniques to liven up the process and find out who is really underneath that resume.

  1. Talk about their passions. You can discover a lot about someone when you hear what they are passionate about. You’ll find out if they love to volunteer, read and learn about new things, or just enjoy soaking up the sun.
  2. Where do they like to vacation? Beach, mountains, or do they never even take vacations? Do you have an adventurous person in front of you or someone who values family time?
  3. Let the staff who will be working with the new person do the interviewing first. Avoid having to interview everyone and find who will best fit in with the team by allowing the team to do the interviewing.
  4. Take them out to lunch. Instead of staying in the office all day and plowing through interviews, meet them out to breakfast, lunch, or coffee. People tend to relax a bit more when out of the office.
  5. Never underestimate the power of humor. While it should be used only in appropriate settings, humor can help people to relax and show a bit more of their “humanness” during the interview process. It’s often unexpected during an interview, but can take away some of the routine feelings of the questions.

There are plenty of ways that you can add a personal touch to your interview style, most importantly the interviewer should be relaxed and welcoming and allow for the interviewee to open up and be themselves as well.

Can you share your own experience with being yourself in your interview?

Beating Procrastination in Your Job Search

Procrastination is sure to seep in when your job search begins to take months longer than expected. It’s important to recognize when you are avoiding searching for jobs and getting down on any potential opportunities.

If you feel procrastination coming on and notice “avoidance” setting in, there are a few things you can do to overcome this feeling and move into better territory so when that new employer does call, you are ready, confident, and eager to answer the phone.

  1. Take a break. When you are avoiding looking for new jobs you have the sense that you “should” be doing something else and guilt can set in. Give yourself permission to take a break, that way you can avoid some guilt-free downtime. If you allow yourself to take a day off to get outside, have some fun, visit with family or just “veg” out, you won’t feel guilty about scouring the internet for the latest job postings and in turn you’ll feel more refreshed when you come back to it.
  2. Do something for someone else. You can always find people less fortunate than yourself, and during a time when you are feeling down the best thing that you can do to life your spirits is to help someone else in need. Find a place to volunteer and create a habit of showing up to serve others. The simple act of giving can get you back into a positive mood and right back into the swing of things.
  3. Change your routine. While it may be hard to muddle up the energy to get out of the house on some-days, it’s essential to your well being. A simple change of pace like looking for jobs at the local coffee shop or visiting the library to brush up on your interview skills can do a lot of good. Don’t get stuck in a routine that weighs you down, change things up a bit and keep them fresh and fun.