Job Search Problems: Troubleshooting Tips
Has your job search stalled?
Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you get moving again if you have some job search problems.
There are times when your job search feels as though it's not moving forward and nothing seems to be happening. Maybe there aren’t many calls coming in or maybe you never seem to make it past the first round of interviews.
In any case, you've discovered that you’re not moving forward and you don't know why. Here are a few basic troubleshooting steps to help you get back on track if you are having job search problems.
The first thing to take a look at is your resume. Be sure that it is up to date, accurate, and that you followed the recommendations on other pages of this website.
Remember that a poorly written or poorly formatted resume will bring your search to a halt.
Make sure that all of your information is correct; scan it carefully for misplaced words, typos, or incorrect grammar.
Make sure that all of the contact information on the resume. Believe it or not some candidates forget to include their phone number and/or email address on their resume.
It might help to have a few friends go over it to make sure that it is not what is keeping you away from the job of your dreams. If possible, have someone experienced with resumes take a look.
How are you coming across in your interviews?
Are you getting enough sleep before your interview? You don’t want to appear tired, bored or uninterested.
Also, make sure that the clothes you wear are appropriate for interviewing and are sharp, clean, and comfortable. If your interview clothes are uncomfortable, you will look uncomfortable and this could make you seem too nervous.
If possible, have some friends (preferably ones with interview experience) practice doing mock job interviews with you. Then, ask them to rate you on how well you respond.
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Take some time to make sure that you come across as confident and polished. Before you make them believe that you will be an asset to their company, you have to believe it yourself.
Remember that a job search is essentially a numbers game and as long as you are making a consistent effort you will eventually see some results. Persistence is important.
Make sure you are making good use of your time. Good time management skills lead to quick results so if you are having difficulty managing your time, take a look at our Time Management tips Here
After the Interview
One simple action that could improve your results is to send out a thank you note to the people you interview with. This is an excellent way to make a good impression and help yourself stand out from the other candidates.
Before leaving an interview it helps to ask a question like "What is the next step?" The answer to this will tell you what to expect after you leave. If you don't ask, you will leave with no idea where you stand in the interview process.
Best of luck!
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