We often upgrade to new things because we want the best and newest things, whether it’s software, cars, or even jobs – getting something new can revive our interest and keep everything running smoothly.
When searching for jobs for a while without much progress, monotony, exhaustion, and apathy may set in and be difficult to shake off. It can be discouraging when your efforts don’t pan out. Albert Einstein once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same results.
If that thought rings a bell to your situation, consider doing these three tasks to upgrade and re-energize your job search efforts:
Resume 2.0 – Back to Basics
Your resume is not just piece of paper; it’s your first impression to an employer. According to this study by The Ladders, recruiters only spend 6 seconds initially viewing a resume to see if a candidate “fits” the position.
If you have fancy formatting, a photo of yourself, or other details, consider removing them and sticking to a basic format and font. The study revealed that the areas most gazed at included your name, current/previous roles, employment start and end dates, and your education. When crafting your resume, be sure to tailor it to the position you’re applying for – include related accomplishment, key words, and skills.
Target Companies, Not Positions
If you’re sending out fifty applications and not hearing back from any of them, you’re not being focused in your search. Instead of targeting open positions, consider targeting companies in your field. Make a list of 5 to 10 companies and if there are no opportunities suited for you at the time, make yourself known instead. Ask for an informational interview, or even a job shadowing opportunity. If the company has a talent community, be sure to participate and engage. In doing these, you will be on their radar if an opportunity were to come about.
Join Professional Organizations
There is much to be said about the benefits of joining a professional organization in your field. From the perks of being able to network with many professionals, to learning new skills, and even getting firsthand knowledge of job opportunities, being apart of one is great advantage in your job search. Check to see if there is one in your area and get involved. Attend events, workshops, parties, and even run for an executive position. Making your presence known in the field by participating can help open many doors in your job search and career.
What do you think? How else can your upgrade your job search? Has doing these tasks helped your job search? Share your thoughts in the comments below!