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What to do when you don’t know what to do!

image What should you do when you don’t know what to do next in your job search?

Everyone runs into that predicament sooner or later. You’ve been diligently networking, following up on leads, proactively calling company contacts, asking for and getting informational interviews, and yet nothing seems to be materializing yet. Maintaining a positive attitude in your job search is hard enough, feeling like you don’t know what to do next makes it even more difficult. So what now? 

Here are a few suggestions to re-jump start your job search process:

  • Reconnect with every networking contact you haven’t spoken to in over a month.
  • Ask EVERY networking contact-“If you were in my situation, who would you talk to?”
  • Create a new list of EVERYONE you know, check to see if you’ve connected with all of them about your job search.
  • Have you explored multiple local job networking groups?
  • Have you explored resources at your State Workforce Center?
  • Have you checked out all appropriate local professional / trade groups or associations?
  • Re-connect with companies that filled applicable positions 2 or 3 months ago
    (sometimes new hires don’t work out).

Most important, however… Are you still doing all the things you were doing earlier in your search? Often, as time goes on, many job seekers will begin cutting corners. They send out resumes and don’t call the company proactively as they may have done earlier in their search. They stop attending networking groups. They slow down in seeking new networking contacts, or don’t pursue every lead they hear of.  It’s easy to let things slide when you haven’t had success yet and you begin getting weary of the process. However, you don’t know when or where the right lead will come from, and you may miss it if you don’t check them all out!

A job search can be a trying time. Keep it fresh and keep doing all the things that will ultimately bring your new opportunity!


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Anonymous said...

Harry - Excellent suggestions and a great roadmap for those of us that need some clarification on what to do next.

Anonymous said...

Excellent Harry! It's very easy for longer-term job seekers to get discouraged: I know many, unfortunately.

I would only add: talk to someone who is prone to making you smile.

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