The job market can be a scary place, no doubt about it. After spending weeks revising your resume 24 times, scrolling through Internet job postings so long you think your eyes are going to bleed, and still not receiving any calls from potential employees, it can feel like your time (and soul) are being sucked away. Here are some tips on weathering the job search and getting out alive (and with a job!)
Network, network, and network some more.
The saying “It’s not about what you know, but who you know” is rooted in truth. Yes, you should still know something, but it is absolutely essential in the job search process to build your network. Hiring managers are flooded with resumes and applications every day, and no matter how fitting yours might be for the position, they might never even get to it. Build your network on LinkedIn, make sure your connections are aware you are on the job search, attend industry networking events in your area, and you might very well meet the one person who can bring your resume to the top of that pile.
Cast a larger net – but make sure to still tailor your applications.
It may FEEL like you have applied to every open position in your field possible, but trust us – you haven’t. The bigger the net you cast, the greater your exposure to hiring managers will be. However, one common mistake job seekers make is applying to ever position they find on CareerBuilder with the same generic application packet. You might feel like you are saving time with this mass approach, but you are actually wasting time. Managers can tell who is interested in THEIR position, versus who is interested in A position. Make sure to take the extra time to tailor your application, cover letter and resume for each specific position you are applying.
Never stop building your resume.
Even while on the job search, it is important to consistently build your resume and professional profile. Keep up-to-date on your industry; attend webinars, read white papers, and strive to become an expert in your area of business. (Chances are you will be asked questions on it anyways in future interviews). While jobs might be hard to come by, consider internships (both unpaid and paid) to continue to build your resume and make you an even better candidate.
Keep your chin up.
After being on the job market for an extended period of time, it can start to wear on your optimism and confidence. It might seem the easiest route to surrender to the search, and wave your white flag as you embrace a lifetime of couches and daytime television. Don’t do it! Keep positive and diligent in your search; treat your job search as your “job” until you find your perfect position!