What I want you to know about job searchI know many wonderful, talented people who have gone through lengthy job searches that made them start to question their own abilities … and whether they’d ever get a job again. But somehow, even if it takes what seems like forever, they do find work.Although it is totally understandable, the one thing that can bring a job search to a screeching halt is starting to doubt yourself and what you have to offer. It shows when you network and when you interview. And you lose the extra edge that can get you in the door.So above all … whatever it takes … believe that you have something special to offer an employer and that the right one will see it. And please don’t get stuck on all the things that you aren’t and all the folks who didn’t call you. Just know inside that somehow you will get yourself to someone who appreciates you exactly as you are.
Getting yourself to that job you want
Where are you looking?
By the time you’ve reached this point of utter frustration, I’m sure you’ve looked lots of places. But if you’re not finding a job, then maybe, just maybe, there are some things you’ve missed. Here are a couple of posts that may help get you back on track:
♦ Where to Begin a Job Search (see esp. section 4)
What are you telling them about yourself?
Even the best of us have sent out resumes and cover letters that don’t help connect the dots well enough. They have a job they need to fill. And YOU need to help them see that what you’ve done and the skills you have really do match what they need.
Who are you asking for help?
When you’ve been looking for a while, you may feel embarrassed to go back to people you asked for help in the beginning. Or you may not even have wanted to bother them. Plus there are people you might not even have thought of.
Just one connection or even your story shared with someone you meet standing in line at the grocery store can sometimes make all the difference. And of course, you can find new connections via social media, especially perhaps someone from a school you went to, group you belong to, or interest you share.
This is not the time to be shy! Go with a strong sense of enthusiasm and direction (a clear story about what you want and why helps), so they can help you find something or at least someone else to speak with:
Is there a special situation you’re ignoring?
After looking for so long without getting an offer, it pays to examine anything that might be getting in the way of you landing a job. And then do something about it. Some articles to help:
Are you afraid to ruin your resume with the “wrong” job?
A job search that goes on and on may provide an opportunity for you to think about a different direction – at least for now. I get that you might not want to take a job that’s at a lower level than your last one or maybe even off your career path. But a two-year resume gap isn’t exactly going to win you the next job either.
So at least think about what else you can do. Consulting or freelance? Temp work? Something you’ve always wanted to try, despite your career path? Offering an employer who seems hesitant a chance to try you out before they “buy”? Or even volunteer work in your field. All of this not only can bolster your resume and find you fresh connections, but you start to carry yourself differently when you take action and are appreciated for it.
I can assure you that I went off my career path more than once during tough times. And using the techniques in my articles about resumes, cover letters, networking, etc. I got myself back – with a little patience and determination.