Job search is not what it used to be. Many candidates who have
struggled over the past few years to find their footing, realize
that the landscape has changed and are doing what it takes to
improve their odds. If you are job seeking, here are a few
suggestions for the remainder of the year:
1. Determine your specific roadblocks; identify those
things within your control and make changes. If you lack certain
skills, don’t procrastinate a minute longer. Get the training
you need ASAP. It is estimated that many of the jobs of the future
will be in technology, so look into practical training that will
help you get skills that are marketable both now and in the
2. Perhaps you have a good resume and are getting your
foot in the door, but then blowing the interview. Take a serious
look at what you might be doing to cause this problem. Ask
friends and colleagues for brutally honest feedback. Consider
improvements to your interview wardrobe and appearance, assess your
responses to standard interview questions, and try to identify as
many ways as you can to improve your interview performance.
Ever thought about working with a coach? Now might be the
time to step up your ‘A game.’
3. Step beyond your comfort zone and reach out to
potential hiring managers, whether there is an advertised opening
or not. Pound the pavement, so to speak. If you wait for postings
to appear online, you are not likely to meet with as much success.
A very small percentage of the jobs out there are ever advertised.
This is why it is critical to uncover hidden job
4. Consider beefing up your personal branding efforts.
Determine the attributes that make you valuable to employers and
develop a strategy to convey your assets by using social media and
local networking. Be sure to polish your career documents to
reflect your new and improved image.
While finding a new job in a sluggish economy is difficult,
the key thing to remember is that it is not impossible. Even if the
first half of the year got off to a rough start, there is still
hope. Searching for a new job requires more effort on your part
than in the past, but dismal job news is not an excuse to sit on
your… laurels. It is an opportunity to sharpen your job
search skills and move forward to become a stronger