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If you’re not getting results, reevaluate your job-search strategy and make changes.
Below are five questions to ask yourself:
Are your goals clear and realistic?
An effective search needs to start with a clear set of realistic job goals that align your key skills and experience with your passions and long-term career objectives.
Is your resume ready for the digital world?
A research study conducted by The Ladders found that you have 6 seconds to make the right impression. But before your resume reaches someone who understands your experience, it must first get past an electronic gatekeeper and a junior-level HR rep who conducts the initial screenings. Make sure your resume incorporates the key terms and requirements found in your targeted jobs, that it is tailored to play up your relevant skills and experience. Limit your resume to the last 10-15 years of experience to avoid age discrimination. Not sure if your resume is up to snuff? Ask a professional )such as your career service advisor).
Have you Googled yourself lately?
In today’s mobile society, your personal brand must go beyond the physical resume and into the online world. Google your name (as it appears on your resume) and see what comes up. Update your professional accounts [i.e. LinkedIn] to align with your resume and job goals by highlighting your relevant skill sets, experience and affiliations. Edit your personal accounts by changing the name and increasing the security settings so they won’t be found.
Are you applying to the right jobs?
Job descriptions are often a hiring manager’s wish list for the dream candidate. While the employer probably doesn’t expect you to have every single qualification, they do expect you to meet all the core “must-have” requirements. Clearly spell out your qualifications in your application so that someone outside your industry could quickly glance at it and understand why you’d be a good fit.
How often do you network?
Whether you love it or loathe it, networking is an important part of the job-search process. Not only is it a great source of the “phantom jobs” The Wall Street Journal refers to, networking also helps you identify connections in your target companies and gets your application past the gatekeepers. Dedicate a portion of each week to networking, such as joining new associations, conducting informational interviews, attending industry-specific events, or catching up with valuable contacts. Remember, the goal is to increase the size of your network and identify new people that can help move your search forward. Not making progress? Try something new, such as embracing a different social media channel.
If you’re having trouble answering these questions, chances are you’re not documenting enough of your job-search activities. By taking time to track and evaluate your job-search efforts, you’ll be in better shape to pinpoint when your routine changes for the better or worse, and what you can do to take it to the next level. Remember, if your current strategy isn’t working, it’s time to change things up.
Adapted from “5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Job Search” by Amanda Augustine; Wed, Jan 30, 2013 http://tinyurl.com/cucdnun; located January 30, 2013.
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