Four Ways to Take Back Control of Your Job Search

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Does your job search feel like it’s veering off course? Are you spending more time reading the news and surfing your LinkedIn feed than actually looking for jobs? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us, and there are things you can do to quickly rectify the issue. Here are four ways you can take back control of your job search:

#1 – Rethink Your Job Search

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you are staring at 1500 search results on a job board. Where do you even start? The truth is, many of these jobs may match broad search terms like job titles and location, but don’t really offer the specifics you require. Don’t waste your time searching through unnecessary results, make your searches more specific. Explore the Advanced Search options on your favorite job board to drill down on specific requisites. The more you focus on jobs you really want, the more control you’ll feel during your search.

#2 – Focus More On Quality Than Quantity

Burnout is a very real issue for job seekers because filling out an application takes time, concentration and repetitive effort. The more job ads you reply to in a day, the more likely you are to burn out and quit.  Instead of setting goals based on the number of applications you complete, put more emphasis on selecting the right jobs and presenting yourself as the right person for these jobs. Make sure your applications are filled out correctly, and that resumes and cover letters have personalized touches that set you apart from other applicants. Conduct research about the role and company you’re applying to and use that information to personalize your resume and cover letter. Your performance should not be measured by volume, because two well-constructed personalized applications are much more effective than five that meet only the minimum requirements.

#3 – Change Up Your Routine

Job search routines get stale fast, so it’s in your best interests to change things up from time to time. You don’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel, just make some small changes. Uncover some new leads, use different search techniques, or try searching at a different time of the day. In can also be good to get out of your house during your job search. Take advantage of the free WiFi and endless caffeine at a coffeehouse, or work on your resume in the serene nature of the park. It’s amazing what a change of scenery and perspective will do for your search.

#4 – Talk To Your Network

Talking to your network throughout your job search is beneficial in many ways. Not only does it allow you to get the inside track on unadvertised jobs, but it also allows you to get some encouragement when you might not be feeling your best about your search. Job searches can get lonely and being able to talk to people who have been there or are currently conducting their own search, can be quite cathartic.

Your network is also an outstanding source of referrals. Follow that proverbial trail until you reach a new opportunity and enjoy the journey, your network is a powerful resource.

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