It’s easy to fall into a rut during a job search, and unfortunately, it happens quite often.
If you’re not careful to avoid it, or aware of how to get out of a rut, your search can take considerably longer than it should. Getting caught in a rut can also affect your mentality, affecting your capacity to stay positive and confident, both of which are essential to a job search.
First and foremost, you should figure out the difference between being frustrated and being in a full-blown rut. Signs of a rut include feeling like your network is tapped out, losing motivation to perform basic job search tasks, and going more than a month without getting any traction from multiple applications.
If you feel like your job search may be in a rut, consider the following tips for breaking out of said rut.
One approach to get free from a rut is to connect with other job searchers. Meet up with friends or colleagues who are also looking for a new job so you can commiserate, exchange potential leads, share tips, and motivate each other to keep fighting the good fight.
Reboot Your Resume
One of the most common pitfalls with résumés is writing them as a set of skills and past job duties. Your résumé ought to have a narrative thread that tells the story of your background and highlights your abilities, achievements, and experiences. Don’t look at your resume as a set of things you’ve done, but rather as a document of career achievements.
Make a Plan
Losing focus is probably a big reason your job search dropped off a cliff, so it’s a solid idea to layout a visual guide you can consult whenever you sit down to take care of job search tasks. Consider this visual plan to be a roadmap to your target jobs. This guide should also include your main concerns, limitations, target industries, target businesses, possible jobs, key contacts, and elevator pitch.
If pinpointing your targets is a challenge, you may have to go back to the drawing board and clarify your short- and long-term objectives.
There’s more to a job search than searching, applying, and networking. A comprehensive job search also includes addressing any shortcomings or lack of qualifications.
One great way to address any lack of qualifications is to volunteer in areas that are relevant to your search. Volunteering is an excellent way not just to spend your time, but you never know what you might learn or who you’ll meet.
Another proactive step is to take formal classes or work towards a certification. Gaining skills through formal training will only make you more valuable in the eyes of potential employers.
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