You’ve been trying for a while to get a job. Your efforts so far have come to nothing… what can you do to take the initiative and reboot your job search? Here’s a few suggestions….
- Do your research – find out what you can about what it takes to be successful in the type of work you want. Maybe getting some extra licences, qualifications or practical experience will see you leapfrog ahead of others to the top of the list of preferred candidates. Think outside the box…. could there be more opportunities in a similar, but slightly different field?
- Create a Support Team – it is important to have people around you who will give encouragement when you need it. Might be people you’ve known for a long time, like family or long term friends, or people you’ve met in more recent times. Either way they need to be people who know how you tick … what you like and what you don’t, what drives you crazy and what doesn’t. Let them know what sort of work you are looking for, and ask them to tell you if they see or hear of any jobs that might suit your personality and skills.
- Review Your Marketing Materials – take a good look at your resume… does it give a potential employer enough information to allow them to make an informed decision about your suitability to fill a vacancy they are trying to fill? Also review your social media profiles, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Ask yourself if any of the content might send out inappropriate messages that could affect and undermine the success of your applications.
- Spread the word – getting out to meet new people is one of the best ways to create job opportunities. You never who you might meet, who will know someone who is looking for someone like you, Joining local charity or community organisations will put you into contact with a broad selection of generally like-minded people who know the value and power of networking.
- Stick to your action plan – if you don’t you will most likely fail. Create a realistic and achievable plan of what you can do to make a difference to your situation, in consultation with one of your support team if you need to. Being out of work can affect a person’s confidence, so tap into the insight and wisdom of a trusted supporter until you see change happen. Start with the easiest things to change first.
Love to hear your comments or questions. Until next time…. Robyn