How to Conquer the 5 Challenges in Job Searching
Looking for a new job can be a full-time job – no problem if you are unemployed, but nearly impossible if you are currently working. Focusing on these five common challenges can help you to remove roadblocks and take the next step.
1. You need a job, any job, now.
This thinking can lead you to send resumes to jobs that are not right for you. In interviews, you will tell the hiring manager what you think he wants to hear, so you may come across as vague. Even if you get hired, the job may not be the right one for you. Look for other income streams to support you while you conduct your search. Consider part-time or temporary positions to ease your financial worries while you search for a full-time job.
2. You don’t know what you want from a job.
Maybe you know that you’re not happy in your current job, but you’re not sure what needs to change. You may be tempted to take a random approach to see what’s out there, but an untargeted search is generally a waste of time. Spend time reviewing career websites, books, content, or working with a staffing agency that can help narrow your search.
3. You’re not finding opportunities.
Many of the best jobs are never advertised. If you can’t find openings in your field or with the company where you want to work, you may need to do some legwork yourself. Engage with target companies on social media. Some companies depend on staffing firms to find the right people for them. Reach out to some local firms to find out if they know of suitable positions for you.
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4. You’re not getting interviews.
Take a more critical look at your CV or have Client Centric review your CV. Are you targeting your resumes to each position you reply to or are you just sending the same one everywhere? Are you including a cover letter that shows the reader how right you are for the position? Your cover letter should draw parallels between the requirements in the job posting and your experience.
5. You’re getting interviews, but no offers.
Research the company thoroughly before you go in. Prepare for common interview questions, and practice if you can. Preparation for interviews can be done through Client Centric, as they offer an Interview Skills Coaching service, which can help you with where you need to improve. Don’t forget to follow up immediately with a nice thank you email that reminds the interviewer that you are the best person for the job.