5 Things Stopping Your Next Move
You're doing everything right; treating your job search like a full time gig, filling out applications all day, writing cover letter after cover letter, stalking job boards and still NOTHING.
We've all been here, when the job search becomes stagnant and it looks hopeless, when the rejection letters are vague (if they come at all) leaving you wondering how you could've done better.
It could be them or it could be you. Make sure you're not getting in your own way. Here are 5 things that might be stopping you from getting a job:
1. You've Exhausted Your Resources
The average person uses just a few job boards every time they search; monster, indeed, Craigslist, Linkedin. But new resources come out every year, especially with the rise in popularity of startups, there are companies that specifically staff other companies. And, depending on your fields and interests, there may be some job boards dedicated solely to your industry. If you have a diverse pool of job boards, consider that your next opportunity isn't on a job board at all! The world is your oyster. Expand your reach.
2. Your Objective is Tired
Objective statements are a gift and a curse. They're great for the hiring manager to get a snapshot of the candidate but candidates sometimes fill their objectives with the same info, so they don't stand out at all. If your objective is generic, you could be harming your chances.
Your cover letter is a list not a story: cover letters should tell the story of your career, always ending with you applying to the current job. If you connect your experience to the position you're applying for, you paint an easy picture for the hiring manager. You+thejob=perfect fit.
You're not focused: sometimes it has nothing to do with your collateral. Sometimes getting a job is difficult because we don't know what we want or we're desperately applying everywhere and no one application is getting our best. Take a step back and think about if you have a strategy, a target, etc.
3. You Don't think you Deserve It
Confidence/self esteem isn't only important on the interview. If you're doubting yourself in anyway, that can easily translate into your job search, from the words you choose to open your cover letter, to the actual jobs you apply for. The job search can lonely, don't abandon yourself.
The key here is to take a step back and consider all your steps. What can you be doing better? It's okay if you don't know!
4. Your cover letter is a list not a story
Cover letters should tell the story of your career, always ending with you applying to the current job. If you connect your experience to the position you're applying for, you paint an easy picture for the hiring manager. You+thejob=perfect fit.
5. You're not Focused
Desperately applying everywhere means no one application is getting enough attention. Being strategic in your search means that you can better evaluate what's working and what's not; you'll send out better materials and you'll get more responses.
And you'll actually get a job.
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