Ladies and gentleman, it’s time. It’s time for us to face the reality of why our job search has been a disaster. There is no one else to blame except for ourselves, our job searching strategies, and our efforts. Whilst this may not be easy to hear, it's important to realise where we are going wrong, and recognise what needs to change to get it right. Don’t let the job hunt blues get the better of you!
Here are five reasons your job search may be going southwards, and great ways to turn it around:
1. You lack positivity and confidence - Stay positive and optimistic
Finding a new job can be a long and often arduous task. Most of the time, it can only be described in a negative way. Regardless of this, it’s important to not let negativity take hold of you! It’s essential to stay positive during this time because so much of the job search is related to being composed and having a positive attitude. These are two components that you are in control of during the job hunting process; they will help you build your confidence when applying for new jobs, and when meeting employers, or hiring managers, in face-to-face interviews.
2. You’re invisible or vulgar online - Be visible online and mind your manners
It’s no secret that employers are turning to social media to source candidates for new roles, in what is known as ‘social recruiting’. With this comes the rise of new tools to help recruiters filter through potential candidates, to find the best fit for a job.
So, for example, it’s more important than ever to be found on LinkedIn or Twitter, and to have your online brand and presence in impeccable shape. Anything that could compromise your opportunities, i.e. inappropriate content, images, and comments, should be on lockdown by strengthening your security settings.
Your social media profiles should be professional from start to finish. Don’t forget to Google your name to see what comes up when a potential employer searches for you, this is a great way to discover things you may have forgotten about, and work out ways to eliminate them.
3. You’re barking up the wrong tree - Search for jobs in all the right places
Don’t make the rookie mistake of using one specific tool and limiting your job search. There are many platforms out there that can help you find a job, such as numerous career searching websites, and websites specifically designed for your industry. Remember to also take advantage of your contacts, ask if they have heard of any new and upcoming opportunities.
4. You don’t have networking skills- Network to get work
Don’t stay indoors like a recluse when job hunting. Step away from the computer and start networking. Successful networking isn’t just about getting someone to give you a recommendation for a job; successful networking is all about creating strong relationships that benefit both parties, and where you can learn greater insights about the organisation.
5. Your resume is outdated - Update your resume to see better results
Don’t let your job hunt down with a poor resume. Hiring managers take only a few seconds to decide whether you are a good fit for the organisation. Keep your resume simple, ensure there are no spelling and grammar errors, and that its formatting is appropriate. Finally, ensure that your content is appropriate and professional.