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. Addressing these five common challenges can help you to remove roadblocks and take the next step in your career.
1. You need a job, any job, now.
This feeling can lead you to send resumes to jobs that are not right for you. In interviews, you’ll tell the hiring manager what you think he wants to hear, so you may come across as unfocused. Even if you get hired, the job may not be the right one for you. Look for 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.
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 scattershot approach just to see what’s out there, but an untargeted search is generally a waste of time. Spend some time reviewing career websites, books, or working with a staffing agency that can help you 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. Attend networking events to get to know the hiring managers in your area. 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.
4. You’re not getting interviews.
Take a more critical look at your resume or have a friend look it over. 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 not offers.
Research the company thoroughly before you go in. Prepare for common questions, and practice if you can. Don’t be afraid to be assertive when it comes to letting them know you are interested in the position. Close the interview by asking for the job and finding out what next steps are. And 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.
At THE RIGHT STAFF, LLC, our experienced recruiters can help you meet every job search challenge and find the right job for you. Contact us today to learn more about our career opportunities in the Twin Cities.