Thursday, August 7, 2014

Are you going around in circles in your job search?

Many jobseekers feel this way. You’ve prepared your resume, seen jobs of interest, fired off an application and wait with bated breath for the response, only to fail.
In many of these cases jobseekers are making the same mistakes over and over with each application. After missing out repeatedly, it’s time to stand back and analyse your approach, the materials you are using and what you are aiming for, BUT from the perspective of the employer, not yourself. This will help enormously to stop making the same mistakes and to start moving forward.
It can never be said frequently enough – if you are applying for jobs where you meet all the essential criteria and you are continually missing out on gaining an interview, then the answer to your problem will undoubtedly lie in your resume.
Similarly, if you make it to interview and consistently miss out on job offers, then the answer could be in your interview technique.
Albert Einstein said it well when he stated that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Don’t get caught in the cycle of sending the same resume that you haven’t had any success with – fix it.
Don’t continue to miss out on offers after interviews – find out what you can improve.
There is no such thing as the perfect job search or the perfect job seeker. Sure, some execute a job search better than others but they weren’t born with this skill – they researched, learnt how to do things, refined their techniques and amended their approach until they hit on the right formula for them. You can do the same.
So if you are in a job search and the scenarios above resonate with you, then I challenge you to take a step back and cast a critical eye on your materials and techniques.
What can you do to improve,
to reignite your search,
to start making headway?
© Michelle Lopez, Owner/Career Consultant

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