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How to Re­vive your Job Hunt

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Finding a job can be ex­haust­ing, es­pe­cially if you’re not get­ting in­ter­est from hir­ing man­agers, and your emer­gency fund is quickly be­ing ab­sorbed. When things are not go­ing your way, take a step back to visit with friends and fam­ily, ex­plore the outdoors and re­gain your com­po­sure.

Try not to al­low the neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence to over­take your thoughts or sour your mood. You need to be your best self once the in­ter­views start hit­ting your sched­ule. To de­ter­mine the best steps to cor­rect an un­suc­cess­ful job hunt, con­sider where you are in the process. Ask your­self if:

• Have you ap­plied for nu­mer­ous po­si­tions that you feel qual­i­fied for but are not gain­ing any in­ter­est?

• Are you in the in­ter­view process but haven’t heard back from po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees about a sec­ond meet­ing or op­por­tu­nity?

• Did you re­ceive a no­ti­fi­ca­tion that you will not be con­sid­ered for mul­ti­ple po­si­tions for which you have in­ter­viewed or ap­plied?

Once you de­ter­mine which stage you are cur­rently go­ing through, con­sider th­ese tips to cor­rect course.

When You Aren’t Re­ceiv­ing In­ter­est

While ap­ply­ing for po­si­tions that you’re qual­i­fied for in both ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence, the prob­lem may be your re­sume or cover let­ter. To save time and scan can­di­dates, many em­ploy­ees use an ap­pli­cant track­ing sys­tem to omit ap­pli­ca­tions if they do not con­tain spe­cific key­words or cre­den­tials.

Here are some tips to get through the soft­ware and en­sure your doc­u­ments find a hir­ing man­ager’s desk, as sug­gested by the As­so­ci­a­tion for Tal­ent De­vel­op­ment.

• Avoid us­ing acronyms on your re­sume, even if they’re well-known. The po­si­tion may have the full term se­lected as a key­word.

• Re­search other post­ings for sim­i­lar roles to find tra­di­tional skills in the in­dus­try.

• Use stan­dard for­mat so the track­ing soft­ware can seam­lessly an­a­lyze it. Us­ing ta­bles or mis­aligned text may cause prob­lems with th­ese sys­tems.

If draft­ing a pow­er­ful re­sume isn’t your forte, don’t hes­i­tate to in­vest in a pro­fes­sional writer to help you stand out in a com­pet­i­tive job field.

No Re­sponse After an In­ter­view

If you feel like you were suc­cess­ful dur­ing an in­ter­view, but have not been con­tacted for fur­ther com­mu­ni­ca­tion, your next steps are crit­i­cal. Ideally, an in­ter­viewer will give you an idea of when you should ex­pect a fol­low-up call. Keep in mind that if you don’t hear from them, the process may be tak­ing longer than first con­ceived. Stay fresh in their mind with­out rush­ing them to con­tact you by writ­ing a short thank-you let­ter to show your ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the op­por­tu­nity. If they re­main un­re­spon­sive after the fact, it’s good prac­tice to reach out with a fol­low-up phone call or email. When you’re in­formed that you didn’t get the gig, ask for their per­spec­tive on the in­ter­view and ad­vice for fu­ture meet­ings. Finding out how you per­formed ver­sus the ex­pec­ta­tions of a hir­ing man­ager can pro­vide a unique way to re­think your strat­egy go­ing for­ward.

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