Readjusting Your Job Searching for Better Results
There comes a time in everyone's job search when things can become frustrating. Instead of doubling down on strategies that may be ineffective, it may be a much better strategy to revamp what you're doing in the search and make sure you're looking in the right direction.
Business Insider reported that one of the best ways to rejuvenate your job search is to switch up your tactics. If you decide that there may be a better way to get your message and intentions across, don't waste any time. Whether it means rewriting or reordering your resume, or perhaps looking in an industry that's a bit different from the one you've previously worked in, taking a new approach can help you regain confidence.
The news source also recommended creating a plan for what you hope to achieve in the near future. In doing so, list what has and hasn't worked so far. If you consider the question in light of a job interview, it can give you effective insights into adjusting your sights for the immediate future.
It's also a good idea to research the projected future of the industry you're aiming to join, which will give you new information about the best positions to shoot for. Just as important is reassessing your tactics and how your next week or so of applications will go. The long-term effect of doing this will help you organize your efforts and be more active in the near future.
Personalize your efforts
Mashable added that when in doubt, you should work to personalize your applications, making them more unique to your specific experience. The one-size-fits-all approach can make you seem like just another face in the crowd. When in doubt, insert your personality into your resume or your interviews if possible. This isn't to say you shouldn't remain professional, but simply means that you may want to consider answering questions more personally if you get the opportunity. Even the smallest unique part of your application may pique your interviewer's interest.
You might also want to take a few minutes to revamp your interview preparation methods. Business Insider noted that many job seekers make the mistake of entering the initial interview expecting that it will be a formality leading to more in-depth follow-ups. That mistake becomes apparent when they're unprepared for an in-depth or formal interview experience, which can drastically harm their ability to find a great job. If you're ready for a formal interview in all situations, you'll be in great shape.
One of the biggest frustrations, outside of improper practices when hunting for jobs, is that many applicants assume they can land jobs that are simply out of their leagues. You can't be a vice president right out of college because you need experience. To get that experience, though, you might want to be realistic. Working with a staffing company can help you get the exact job history that will get you to the point you want to reach, as one example. Getting your start in an industry through such an agency, then climbing the ladder over time, will be much more effective than sending out applications for a number of jobs you may not be qualified for. It will also likely lead to more impressive future results, helping you land more interviews over a longer period of time.