Is finding a new job is taking a relatively long time for you? Are you feeling disheartened by it all? It might be time to shake things up and approach your search differently. Sometimes it’s hard to know where you might be going wrong. A minor thing, such as a lack of vacancies in the area you want to work in or your expectations on a role, might be a little high. Adjusting these expectations may be needed to help fast track an opportunity coming your way.
As recruiters, we often find that minor tweaks are usually needed to get a job search back on track. We have put together five simple ideas to help tweak your job search so you can get yourself off that job search train faster.
Temp and contracting opportunities – These are perfect for getting your foot back into the workforce. You may have to consider options in other industries but use it as an opportunity to have some income coming in and fresh experience on your CV. Temp jobs often have a bit of flexibility which mean you can still interview for permanent roles and keep the search going in the background.
Review your resume – Give it a self-audit and make sure it is up to date, highlighting the skills you can bring to the table for the role you are applying for. Put some career achievements in there, and be sure to triple check spelling and grammar.
Mindset – Searching for a job and getting knockbacks or no feedback can be frustrating and disheartening. Help yourself overcome this by getting in the zone and putting your mindset right. Read over your resume and remind yourself of all the wonderful things you have achieved in your career; get a good night sleep the night before and step into the interview feeling confident because it will undoubtedly leave a positive impression.
Feedback – Speak to your recruiter, past manager or friends and ask them for feedback on your resume, presentation, salary expectations, interview skills. Although some feedback might be hard to swallow at first, take this on board and work with it to improve your chances of blitzing your next interview and walking away with the job.
Network – Tap into it and make the most of it. You just never know who might be looking for someone just like you. If your network is not aware that your available and ready to start your next career move, you might miss out on a dream opportunity.
Most of all, embrace and enjoy the process, learn from it and know that you are getting one step closer to finding that perfect job offer!