You’ve been diligently avoiding ladders, haven’t shattered any mirrors, and kept your umbrella usage strictly outdoors. But you’ve hit a bad luck streak while looking for a new job. If you’ve been job searching for a while, you can get stuck in a negative cycle of unanswered applications. A streak of auto-rejection emails and post-interview ghosting is demotivating and frustrating. So if you’re having no luck with your job search, it might be time to change things up.
Eager to get out of your rut, but not sure where to start? We’ve got 5 different ideas on how you can refresh your job search and turn your luck around.
Get a fresh perspective.
After weeks and months of looking for work, things get stale. You’re writing the same slightly tweaked version of your cover letter and redrafting your resume once again to include the right keywords. You’re likely framing yourself in the same way, over and over again. It’s time to phone a friend.
Connect with a trusted friend over coffee and ask them to take a look at your resume. The ideal person is a professional friend or mentor who can help guide you. They’ll notice things you might have missed, from a skill you didn’t consider to simple typos. It’s even better if you’re in the same line of work. Insight, like industry knowledge or alternative job titles, can help you freshen up your professional documents and get noticed.
Check out networking events.
Since 85% of jobs are found through interpersonal connections, if you’re not networking, you’re hurting your chances. Check out alumni and industry events happening in your area. Ask people what they enjoy about working for their company. If the things they list line up with what you’re looking for, ask if the company’s hiring. Rinse and repeat until you’ve got a couple leads. Company referrals are 15 times more likely to get hired than the average applicant. Plus, the person who referred you usually gets a nice finder’s fee of if you get hired, so they’re likely to put in a good word for you.
Research the latest developments in the industry.
Whether you’re looking for a new job in the same field or you’re branching out in a completely new direction, research is vital! Broaden your understanding on the current state of the industry, the advancements being made, and any possible threats (like automation or globalization). You’ll really shine during phone screens and in-person interviews. Your cover letter is also a great place to talk about what you’re excited about – and that will get hiring managers excited about you.
Leverage social media.
Usually, social media wastes our time instead of making us more productive. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Social media recruiting is becoming more and more common among recruiters. If you haven’t updated your LinkedIn page in a while, now’s the time! Connect with friends, colleagues from school and coworkers from past jobs. And it’s not just LinkedIn. Other social media giants like Facebook also promote jobs on their platform. With over 92% of recruiters using social media in their hiring process, your online presence matters!
Manage your time wisely.
Take a look at how you’re using your time. If you’re dedicating hours and hours every day to job searching, you’re careening towards burnout. Create a plan for your job search. Block out a certain time every day – just an hour or so – to look for work. It’s easier to go full steam ahead and be highly productive for a shorter time. You’ll get more done in a shorter period, leaving more time for the things you actually enjoy.
When you’re having no luck with your job search, the best thing you can do is try something new. And we don’t mean starting a side quest for a four-leaf clover. If you want different results, you’re going to have to change things up. With these 5 strategies, you’ll turn your luck around in no time!