Tips for Making Progress in Your Search

If you find that your job search has stalled or you aren’t getting any responses from prospective employers, the recruiting specialists at America’s Job Exchange offer some tips to consider that can kick-start your search again and provide some fresh perspective.

Develop a new daily strategy, and stick to it. Maybe you haven’t devoted enough time to searching for jobs, or you’re not setting aside enough hours in the day to complete each application. Reevaluate your current plan and readjust accordingly. If you’ve been looking for jobs for months and have yet to get a response, it’s time to switch gears.

Revise your goals. Did you give yourself an unrealistic deadline for securing a job? The pressure could be hindering your efforts. Although the economy is growing, it’s not at the rapid pace most economists would prefer. Resetting your goals and tacking on extra months or weeks to your job search timeline may be necessary. Salary expectations may need to be adjusted too.

Evaluate your job search resources. Have you tried applying on more niche boards like ours – we cater to the targeted community of middle-income, non-executive job seekers only. Are you experimenting with social media? There are several ways you can take your job search in a new direction if your current resources aren’t providing results.

Carve out a niche for yourself in your industry. If you love what you do, this will come naturally. Spend a good chunk of time researching new trends in your line of work. Choose something that peaks your interest and become an “expert” in this title. You can then create your own personal brand based on this and begin tweeting, blogging, and informing others.

Create a list of ideal companies. If you’ve applied for any company that pops up in search results, you may be doing yourself a disservice. Do some research and pick a handful of employers you’d love to work for. Start connecting with hiring managers on LinkedIn or other social media sites. Regularly apply for jobs or internships at the company to ensure you remain on their radar.

Blog about your experience. Blogging is a great way to gain a fresh perspective on your job search journey and to solicit advice or encouragement from others.

Enlist a mentor. Whether it’s a college professor, a former boss, or an online connection, having a mentor in your line of work is key to getting an inside glimpse of your potential career. Keep in touch with your mentor regularly. They get be excellent sources of advice, inspiration, and job leads.

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