Nothing is harder or more exasperating than looking for a job. If you are like many job seekers, you've been attending workshops and reading about job search. You've tweaked your resume more than once (OK, maybe you've tweaked it 50 times). You've attended all the networking groups. You've arranged informational meetings and still, no job offer. So what isn't working?
The answer isn't that simple. It takes an audit. Audits aren't fun. They sort of force you to see the "reality". Sometimes, the answer is, there isn't anything wrong, this just takes time. If you are ready to conduct an audit of your job search, have someone you trust ask you these questions. You may be thinking, "I'll just ask myself these questions", but don't do it. Get an outsider to do it.
- How many hours did you spend in job search related activities last month?
- How many interviews did you have last month (over the phone and in person)?
- What is the status of those interviews?
- How many target companies have you identified?
- How many target companies do you have inside contacts in?
- How many industry contacts (people who are within your industry) did you contact with last month?
- How many recruiters did you initiate contact with last month?
- How many jobs did you submit your resume to?
- What is the geographic range of your job search? Can or when will this be expanded?
- How much money have you spent on coffee? (Just kidding!)
Encourage the person asking you these questions to be tough. Tell them you really want them to dig deep so that you can identify some things you might be able to do differently.
One last thought: The tendency we all have is to get defensive or make excuses. No emotions please. Just the facts! This is a creative problem solving exercise.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.