By now most of us have heard the definition of insanity as defined by Albert Einstein which states, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. Does that sound familiar to you? Have you been doing the same things in your job search? What results have you seen? Is it different outcomes or are you getting the same results? I’m not surprised! So, have you given any thought as to what you can do differently to change things up and re-energize your search?
Take a look at your current job search strategies, or the lack of strategies, and review the results. Try writing out a list of what you have been doing, the results, and the pros and cons of continuing on with the same strategies. If you are getting positive results, keep doing what you’re doing. If the “con” side of your list is longer than the “pros” and you aren’t seeing many positive results, it might be time to make some changes.
If you have been sitting in front of your computer hour after hour combing through new jobs on Monster and Career Builder and sending out your resume to new positions but never hearing anything, try following up on what is happening with the position. Not all company names are available, but for those that are it would be helpful to see what is going on with the position.
Contact the HR department for the company or do a little digging to uncover the name of the department head of the position you applied for and send an email or give them a call. This can do a couple of things for you. It can give you peace of mind in knowing the company actually received your resume and it can help you find out where they are in the hiring process. By contacting the company it reinforces your interest in the position and company, and it can help you get noticed if they haven’t yet made a decision. If the position was filled, a conversation with someone from the company might help you gain insight as to why you weren’t chosen.
What other changes can you make to your job search plan to reenergize and ramp up your motivation? How are your networking efforts going? Is building your contact list a priority? Or even a thought? If not, try stepping out and attending local networking events or local chapter events for industry associations. Getting involved in your industry and community is a great way to get the word out about your current career goals, to hear of new opportunities, and to learn about the decision makers in your field.
There is also networking going on all over the web. Make sure your profiles are updated and you are using your social media connections to learn about new opportunities or get 1st hand introductions to the movers and shakers in your target companies. Work to get involved in forums, e-lists, and online groups that are specific to your area of expertise, and start building those connections. It might be time consuming and feel a little awkward at first, but it works!
Even if you have lost your job and are embarrassed to tell people about your current situation – do it anyway! You don’t have to ask for a job, but by making them aware of what you are looking; they can keep their ears open for opportunities. Try something new today in your job search. It doesn’t have to be a big move; any move in the right direction is action worth taking!
Shine On Jobseekers!!