When at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. One of the biggest factors that separate unsuccessful job seekers from those who end up achieving their goals is persistence. If you can continue with the same levels of determination despite facing the uncertainty and stress of a prolonged job search, you’re infinitely more likely to succeed than someone who loses a little hope in the wake of each rejection. That being said, too much confidence can be just as much of a hindrance in your job search as it can be helpful. In order to make sure that your enduring job seeking efforts are going to pay off in the end, it’s important to evaluate your methods thus far and correct for some of the common pitfalls that keep people on the hunt for longer than they have to be.
First, how focused has your search been so far? Have you been targeting companies in the same industry or industry niche? Have you been sending resumes off to companies that you’ve never even heard of before or in response to every job ad that you could be remotely qualified for? If your job seeking efforts become too unfocused, it’s possible that you can lose sight of the sort of job you wanted to get in the first place. Instead of casting the biggest net possible, hone in on the companies that you’d feel most passionate about working for. This way, you can refine your resume to appeal to those hiring in a specific industry and get a little more wind in your sails for this next leg of your job search.
Speaking of resumes, one of the other most common job seeker mistakes is failing to customize resumes for each position that they apply to. Hiring managers look at resumes for a living and it’s pretty obvious to them when they’re looking at a resume that’s been sent out to dozens of other companies. In order to get your foot in the door for an interview, the experience and skills that you include on your resume should be tailored specifically to that job. Sure, you might be very proud of your 5 year stint on an Alaskan crabbing vessel, but it’s probably not the most relevant thing to put on your resume if you’re applying for a position in accounting.