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How to Put Some Umph into Your Stalled Job Search

Once you've made the commitment to venture on the job hunt, whether it's voluntary or not, a new sense of purpose can take over. You're finding listings that you never knew existed, maybe you start to consider making a bigger change than when you started out, and you've had a few good interviews. But this initial high can wear off after you've been playing the game for too long without seeing results, and the fire you began with can sizzle into a pile of crumpled résumés and cover letters. The New York Times understands your frustration and has some innovative tips for reigniting your enthusiasm for the job hunt, including a new twist on networking. To see what they recommend for a new approach on your job search just

  1. Refocus by getting out of your own head: Find a friend, relative, or colleague who you trust and ask them to give you feedback on your résumé , interview skills, and composure. Their tips may help set you apart from other candidates.
  2. Solve the interview dry spell: Because hiring managers use tracking systems that search for keywords in résumés, tailor your résumé with wording from the job posting for each position you apply for.
  3. Network, with a twist: Instead of asking your contacts for jobs, ask them for advice and useful anecdotes like how they found their last three jobs.
  4. Take advantage of your LinkedIn membership: Aim to have at least 65 LinkedIn connections and use the “answers” feature to get advice from other users.
  5. Refine your interview tactics: Offer solutions on how to help the company you're interviewing with instead of talking about yourself too much.
  6. Set realistic expectations: Don't expect to get an offer from the first company you meet with — interviewing is often a numbers game.

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wrngco wrngco 8 years
hate linkdelin too current bosses and former bad bosses can find u on it
juju4 juju4 8 years
Well, every company is going to be different. I was just saying that if you are in the middle of a job search, it can be a nice way to get your name out there. I wouldn't do a long-term temp assignment unless you are told that you'll go permanent.
wrngco wrngco 8 years
Be careful when Temping I have seen Temps be treated like DIRT the older they were the worse they were treated for some reason..the young ones were treated better ..I saw them waste a lady who was in her 50's/60's time for 11 months only to "end her assigment"
juju4 juju4 8 years
When I encounter friends that are having issues with the job hunt, I always recommend temping. Not only will it keep you from being without a paycheck, but it can give you experience to add to your resume. The biggest perk is that a company can see your work ethic and skills first hand, and might offer a full time position if one opens up. Back in my younger years, I was temping in Chicago as an assistant at an on-site property management office in the Gold Coast. When the temp assignment ended, the owner of the company brought me to the main office as her permanent executive assistant. Prior to that, I didn't have an real estate experience, and was mostly an admin or receptionist. I would never have been considered for that position just based on my resume....it was what I brought to the table in person that helped me land the job.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
That is great wackdoodle, it's amazing that companies and employers do not understand to look at the whole body of work. I had to take a job as an executive assistant for a year and some change due to a lay off and as this was not my field of work, when I started looking for more permanent work; employers would not by pass that experience. Even though it is is the only administrative job on the resume. It amazes me how employers try to pigeon hole you, Keep me posted on the job search and if you get the position you want.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Thanks Bellaressa! I've got a call back this week for a really good position with a company that looked beyond my current job at my entire resume and wanted to meet me because the saw all my other jobs and were curious "what the heck would possess my to suddenly drive a bus". Turns out its a Hedge Fund Company started by people who used to be/or are still actors and artists. So they want some who's not afraid to switch things up in their life and try something wacky and new.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Wackdoodle, that is great your getting calls now. I had this happen to me that employers focus on one job and not the body of your resume work. It's amazing how one job defines your work history to some employers. Good Luck!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I had to switch my resume from Chronological to a Functional resume because HR people were getting hung up on the fact that at this moment I'm a bus driver and city employee. Some fear that I don't know how to do anything else but drive while others think they cannot compete salary-wise with the city employee salary for my current job. They couldn't get past the first chronological job on my resume. So I switched it to showcase what tasks I performed, what I know how to do and what I achieved in different in the different fields I've worked in. And BINGO! I am getting calls and requests for interviews. They aren't getting hang up on the fact that I am still a transit operator. And I find it odd that they would focus on this one current job when I've had more prominent employers and have got more skills than operating an electric bus. I looked at LinkedIn and it won't work for me because of its perimeters.
fashionhore fashionhore 8 years
Thanks for these tips Savvy; I am job hunting for graduation and it's already starting to get stale!
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