Step back and assess your job search strategies

04.01.2013


Step back and assess your job search strategies
Take a step back and assess your job search strategy.

Today's job market is more competitive than ever, and though it may be tempting to blame any failures on the poor economy or the competition, this thinking alone could be detrimental to your job search energy. 

Instead of becoming discouraged, it may be time to step back and assess the way you're approaching the job search, and identify any areas that need repair. According to Business2Community, there are several aspects of the search that may have room for improvement. Often, this entails taking steps to improve brand positioning and leadership. 

By establishing yourself as an expert in a niche area, you can maintain an image as a thought leader that companies will jump at the chance to hire. 

The media outlet stated that the first point to consider when overhauling your job search is that the focus should really be on the position itself and the company, not on you. If you're not demonstrating how you can improve the business' bottom line, they'll be much less interested in bringing you on board. One of the best ways to show this is to discuss how you typically go about problem solving and conflict resolution. 

If you can drive that home you will undoubtedly add value to the company and be in a much better position to get hired. 

Research
Although you may already be doing some research on the company before going into an interview, it's important to use LinkedIn and other social media outlets to learn as much as you can. By discovering what connections you have to workers at the company, or shared groups, you can learn more about the employees and work culture. Emailing these employees will also put your name on their radar, which can help you get a leg up on other candidates who may not have performed such diligent research. 

Once you know everything about the company's working style and how it operates, you'll be able to better communicate this during the interview, further showing your interest in the position. 

According to Forbes, taking a short break from your job search to reassess the situation could also give you time to look deeper into your network. This may include connecting with a staffing agency or alumni and setting up informational meetings with someone who works in your desired field. 

Once you've taken the necessary steps to improve your job search, you'll likely get back into the market with renewed energy and a drive to succeed.

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