Job searching usually has several rules of thumb that job seekers are expected to follow. They write numerous resumes and cover letters, apply to jobs and go to interviews over time. Today's job market is competitive and always changing – shouldn't your job search also change?
One of the best ways you can do this is by refocusing on your resume, according to KTBS 3, a news outlet in Louisiana. Look at every factor and every line of the resume. You might be able to come up with a better way to describe responsibilities in a past job, or there's a chance you'll see a typo or misspelled word that can be fixed. It might be possible to bring up new achievements you managed to reach over a period of time that directly impacted your company's success. Any little improvements that you make can add up over time.
At the same time, monitor the listings you're applying to and figure out what language and key words are common in an industry's posts. In many cases, companies now run resumes and applications through tracking software. If there are common job descriptions or expectations that you see in many listings, that's a good indication that using similar language can help make sure your resume makes it through the tracking software. Don't just mention them, though. You'll also need to back up the information in cover letters or interviews to better appeal to hiring managers.
KTBS also recommended that if you're burned out on sending applications, to take a break and spend some time to educate yourself about a topic. Learning about products or services that are popping up in the news, studying companies you're interested in or even taking new classes and certifications can benefit your search greatly over time. Employers will want to hire people who go the extra mile to better themselves and educate themselves on various topics, making them more well-rounded applicants and improving your overall chances of being hired.
Business Insider added that you should also work to stay involved if at all possible. Joining industry clubs and groups both online and in real life can help you expand your network and meet new people, some of whom might be able to help you find a job. Insider added that you may also want to look for networking events, which are becoming more popular over time. If there are open spaces on your resume, finding relevant work that can help you fill in those spots will also be highly beneficial, giving you a chance to explain any problems you might have had.
Don't forget to take a break when the job search wears you down. Whether you need an hour or a day off, there's nothing wrong with taking some time to cool off, think things through and keep yourself occupied. It's always better to approach your search with a refreshed mind. The search will be there when you get back, and there's a decent chance that a break can help you think things through in a different light and you could end up getting the results you deserve.