Failing job search? Try this!
Updated: Jan 24
You've been hard at work submitting applications for jobs you'd be perfect for but so far you've heard nothing back. Whether your applications are being ghosted or rejected, something needs to change. Here's how to jumpstart your job searching in a new light.
Work smarter not harder
They say it's all about who you know not what you know. This is true in the world of job hunting where the majority of jobs aren't posted on traditional job boards. It's not effective to throw hundreds of applications out to any job listing you see, so it's time to work in a smarter way.
Use your network to reach out to people in the industries or jobs you want to work in.
Set up an informal chat with them to see where they got to where they are. Keep that connection warm so they have you at the back of their mind the next time they hear someone's looking to hire. Odds are they'll come to you! They can vouch for your personality and your experience will speak for itself. Work on expanding who you know and the job will follow.
Is this what you want?
This is the perfect time to reevaluate what you're looking for out of your career. Whether it's time for a shift or some extra training, use this time to improve yourself in any way you can.
Take online certification courses or volunteer in industries you might have an interest in to expand your experience and enrich your CV.
This is also a great way to network and get to know the people who can get you into your dream role. Take some time with yourself to write out your career goals and where you see yourself 5 years from now jobwise. Once you have that clarity, take some actionable steps to get to that point and work towards it every day.
It's okay to lose motivation
It can be disappointing to get so many rejections. It's okay to feel rejected and down, but you can't let that be your state forever. Take a day or two off to do things you love with the people around you and lean on your support system. Eventually, you'll get your motivation back to tackle the job hunt again. Never lose hope and know that you're not alone in this. There are many people out there feeling the same as you do and it can be very helpful to reach out to them and empathise.
While your job searching might be failing today, there's no reason why you can't receive that job interview request tomorrow.
It just means you have to pivot your approach and try something new to reach your goals and find your dream job. Work hard and take breaks when you need to so that every application you submit is tailored to the job description and portrays you in the best light. Good luck!