3 Reasons Why Job Interviews Dry Up … and What To Do About It
Sometimes jobseekers don’t want to acknowledge that resumes have changed dramatically over the last few years, but they have. For example, if candidates aren’t factoring applicant tracking systems (ATS) into their resume’s “equation” then it’s definitely time to do so. Don’t make the mistake of telling yourself, “well, this resume has performed for me in the past.” Yeah, it may have … but like I said, the resume may have reached its peak potential in this employment landscape.
Using the right keywords is of growing importance, and has a direct impact on how well resumes perform when thrown into the applicant tracking system.
Also, don’t forget to assess your interview techniques – what have you learned? What could you improve upon?
Second, your stamina has run its course.
No shocker here: searching for new employment is well, hard work! Plus, hiring companies sometimes don’t make the employment process easy.
With that said, it’s not uncommon for the patience, dedication, and persistence levels of a jobseeker to run dry. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are beginning to feel defeated:
• Try not to pin all of your hopes on one job opportunity.
• Realize that rejection is part of everyone’s job search and try to set realistic expectations.
• Don’t wallow – take action: research new opportunities, practice your interviewing skills. Call someone who will encourage you!
• Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally.
• Reward yourself for your job search efforts by doing something you enjoy.
• Take some time off from your search and begin again when you’ve had some time to regroup and recharge.
Third, your resume isn’t being shown in the right places. Are you using LinkedIn? If not, you’re doing yourself a major disservice. Recruiters and hiring managers are going gangbusters over LinkedIn’s new recruitment services, meaning they are sourcing candidates via LinkedIn more than ever before.
Get your LinkedIn page set up … FAST! Just like with your resume, utilize ideal keywords and key phrases within your LinkedIn page too.
And when you do, start building your network by connecting with a few recruiters and potential employers.
Want to turbo charge your LinkedIn presence? LinkedIn offers advanced InMail functions to paid members, so consider that feature to increase your reach to hiring companies as well.
Good luck to you!
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