Hit a Job Search Dead End? 3 Ways to Spruce Up the Hunt

When you’ve been searching for a new job for a long time, it’s possible that you may hit a dead end at some point. Old tactics cease to work, your network may grow wary of constant requests, and employers are not calling you back. So, when you’re faced with a brick wall, don’t fret. Spruce up your hunt by using these methods:

Change directions. C.S. Lewis once said: We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

Lewis is right. As with any major tactic, your job search may not be working if you’re not getting the results you need. When this happens, it’s important to get yourself back on track, which may mean changing directions. This could be anything from contacting employers differently to doing more face-to-face networking. Whatever you chose to do, remember this: if you’re not making the progress you want, don’t blame anyone but yourself. It’s a tough job market and you must do your best to tweak your job search according to its current atmosphere.

Switch up how you look for a job. Ever think that the way you actually look for a job is wrong? Sure, you may have the right tactics in mind, but the way you use them could be working against you.

Say you use a job board. You search for opportunities by title, like environmental attorney or senior advertising executive. While you may think this works for you, you could be shooting yourself in the foot. Why? Many employers place jobs by occupational category, not by job title, because many jobs have transferrable skills. This is because employers want to reach the most candidates, and by placing jobs by category instead of title, they’re more likely to accomplish this.

Don’t limit your search by only sticking to the way you think things should be done. You may find a better fit by switching things up, which could lead to a more fulfilling opportunity.

Use a different kind of resume. If you’re still using that boring resume with a standard format, how do you expect to stand out in a sea of job candidates? Fierce competition is out there — and you need to face that. Stand out to an employer by using a different kind of resume. Slideshows, short videos, social platforms, infographics, personal websites, etc., are all different ways to show off your stuff to employers.

Sure, you should always have a standard resume on the back burner should the employer want one, but by being creative with your past, you show an employer your dedication, as well as your creative skills, which may be a requirement in your industry. Remember, the more effort you put into your search, the more dedicated you will appear. Employers will surely take notice of sincere attempts and you will be rewarded because of it.

How do you spruce up your job hunt?

About Mary Marino

Mary Marino is the founder of EmploymentPipeline.com, a job search resource. EmploymentPipeline.com has launched its “Occupation Pipeline” widget, a unique tool which enables users to search employment opportunities by sourcing occupations and employers, rather than job titles. Connect with Mary at EmploymentPipeline.com or on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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