Job hunting and interviewing processes are a drag, but as monotonous as it is, it’s still considered a full-time job. If you’re starting to lose momentum, it’s okay to take breaks. If you’re stuck and not sure how to get out of your job-searching funk, read into some of the tips below:
Find a career that keeps you interested, and emphasize skills you already have that will guide you.
- Finding your way towards a new career is difficult, especially during a pandemic. Take some time and think back on your current or former responsibilities and make a list of projects or tasks that you enjoyed doing. This will give you an idea of the skills you currently have that you can use to your advantage. When you’re talking to recruiters, be sure to emphasize those skills.
Ask someone outside of your network to review your resume.
- While you prefer to have your resume reviewed by someone you know, the next recruiter who looks at your resume will not. Ask your friend if they know someone in their network who will look at your resume objectively. A fresh pair of eyes gives you a better perspective of what they read and how they interpret your description. They can also give you advice on improving your resume.
Check-in with yourself to make sure you’re staying on track.
- Job hunting can quickly turn from exciting to monotonous. When you start feeling worn down, you might be tempted to apply for positions that you’re overqualified for. Don’t do this! While you have the skill set to checkmark all of the boxes on the job description, you need to stop and ask yourself “Is this really a job title that will challenge me? Is this role going to take me in the direction I want to go?” If the answer to either question is “no,” take a step back. Reassess the job titles you currently have saved, and modify your searches as needed. This will keep you focused on your end goal. Your partner or third-person perspective can also offer incite on your search too. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help!
Stay professional, no matter who you talk to.
- Although you’re speaking with the recruiter who isn’t part of the company you are interviewing for, the recruiter works on behalf of the company. The way you speak with the company reflects on the recruiter. There’s a reason why first impressions are everything.
Take advantage of online courses.
- Courses are a great way to pass the time, especially if you’re looking to transition towards a new career. Companies such as Google, Udemy, Skillshare, General Assembly and Coursera are offering free online courses to help you add more to your resume, so you can show that you’re actively looking to learn something different while you continue to job hunt. If you enroll in an online course, it shows that you take initiative in learning and that you want to take on challenges.
As difficult as job hunting can be, you need to remember that you put out what you put in. In a time where we’re forced to stay indoors, lots of employees are applying for new roles, and Compass Consulting wants to make sure you are set for success. If you need more help revising your resume, our recruiters are available to give you their insight. Connect with us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at (925) 884-3811. You can also check out all of our current opportunities here.