Signs that Your Job Search Strategies aren’t Working

November 27, 2012

Interviewing, Job Hunt, Networking, Résumé

Get Hired Fast - job search strategiesHaving trouble landing a job? Maybe you need to update your job search strategies.

You’ve been to every employment website you can find. You’ve used social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to tell your contacts that you’re searching for work. You’ve updated your resume and cover letter.

But you’re not only not receiving job offers, you’re not even landing interviews.

This is a sign that your job search strategies may need refining.

The Warning Signs

U.S. News & World Report recently ran a feature highlighting some of the signs that your job search strategies need help.

The first sign? You’re not nabbing any interviews. As writer Alison Green says, if your job search efforts haven’t landed you a single interview, your efforts to find a career can officially be considered stalled.

Your problem might come down to your resume. As Green writes, in today’s challenging hiring environment, your resume needs to showcase your past successes, not just your former career stops. Make sure, then, that your resume includes everything that you did to help your former employers succeed.

Where are the Second Interviews?

Maybe you’ve landed several first interviews, but you’re not getting called back for second interviews. This is a sign that you’re not projecting the right image during your job interviews.

You might need to do more research about the companies with which you are interviewing. Or maybe you need to hold several mock interviews with trusted mentors who can tell you what you’re doing wrong.

As Green writes, you might have the best resume and cover letter of all your competitors, but if you don’t perform well during your interview, you’ll never land that new job.

Networking is Leading to Dead Ends

You should know that the best way to find work today is through networking with business associates. Your past co-workers, former bosses, and local business leaders are the best suited to give your job search a boost. They can introduce you to key hiring managers in your field, write personal letters of recommendation, and provide you with inside information on which companies might be hiring in the near future.

But what if your networking sources aren’t helping you? What if they continually come up with excuses why they can’t provide you with that letter of recommendation? What if they aren’t willing to introduce you to others in your field?

Maybe the problem lies with you. Maybe you haven’t turned in the quality of work you should have been during your career. As Green writes, a bad ethic or shoddy work habits might come back to haunt you during today’s tough hiring environment.

If you recognize these problems in your job search and you’re looking for help, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today.  We can help you pinpoint your job search weaknesses and get you pointed in the right direction.

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