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How to revive your job search

Published: Wednesday 15th April 2015

If you’re looking for a new job full-time, it can be hard to keep motivated. How can you revive a job search that isn’t moving as fast as you’d like? 

Consider other options

When you’re looking for your new job, it’s easy to develop tunnel vision. Would you consider taking a job that you might not have listed as your dream job? If you re-evaluate your goals and consider other employment options, you can make your job search much more flexible. By taking a ‘bridge job’, a job that isn’t exactly what you were after, you can learn and develop skills, pay the bills and figure out what is you want to do and how you can get there. 

Use the full job hunting pyramid

Are you making the most of all the available job searching options? By using both online and offline portals, you can greatly improve your chances of landing an interview. Although it can often feel a bit more tangible to reply to online job advertisement, many more jobs are filled in-person or through referral networks. A multi-pronged approach makes the best use of your time and energy. 

Extend your network

If you feel like you’ve exhausted your current network, you should focus on finding ways to create new contacts in your industry. You could attend industry events, join projects that require people with your skills or volunteer. Collaborating with like-minded people in the same field of work will allow you to expand your network and utilise any opportunities that may come up. 

Woman searching for a job on his laptop

Upgrade your brand

Consider giving your CV and online presence a facelift, especially if it’s been a while since you last made any changes. When you are searching for a new job, you are essentially selling your personal brand. You want to make sure that your ‘sales package’ suits both your skills and your personality. 

Make a specific To-Do list

If your to-do list doesn’t include any realistic goals for the day or week, you are going to feel like you haven’t achieved what you hoped to achieve. Try not to use terms like ‘networking’, but be more specific and use goals like ‘reach out to two direct contacts’ or ‘make five new industry contacts on LinkedIn’. It also helps giving yourself a weekly quota of jobs to apply to, rather than feeling you should try and get as many applications as possible out. If you focus on a certain number of jobs a week, you’ll be able to really craft your CV and cover letter to the specific company, rather than sending out more generic applications. 

Be flexible and creative

Make sure to try different things. Don’t let yourself get stuck in an unsuccessful process. If you feel like you are losing your drive and motivation, tweak the method that so far hasn’t worked. If this makes little or no difference, try something else altogether. The job market is never stagnant and the smart job seeker should adopt new strategies and tools when they arise, and always aim to stay up-to-date with their industry. 

Focus on other things

Although this might sound counter-productive, spending some time on other projects that give you a sense of achievement can actually help you grow and develop your skills further. Pursuing your passion and creativity will also help to keep you motivated. 

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