Updated: Jan 5, 2021
We all know landing a new job can take some time. Chances are slim that you’ll land your dream role at the snap of a finger. But what happens when your search is prolonged longer than anticipated? Here are some reasons why your job hunt might be stalled.
1. You’re Not Fully Tapping Into Your Network
This means more than reaching out to existing connections on LinkedIn though this is a good place to start. Let EVERYONE know you're seeking a new opportunity (the caveat, of course, is to exercise discretion if you don’t want your current employer to know you’re looking). You never know who may know of a lead. I once got connected to an opportunity through my doctor!
Also go on every interview, even if you’re not particularly thrilled about the job. I’ve had talented clients who impressed interviewers so much, they were referred to positions more aligned with their skills and career goals.
2. The Timing is Off
Many industries have ‘hot’ hiring periods during certain seasons. If your search falls outside of these peak times, it could take longer to land a job. If at all possible, try to align your hunt within these months. Use ‘off-seasons’ to work on your professional branding strategy.
3. You're Not Looking in the Right Places
Telecommute & Flexible Schedule: FlexJobs
Nonprofit & Social Impact: Idealist
Higher Education: HigherEdJobs
Public Service & Government: USAJOBS
Try also joining professional associations. There’s a good chance you’ll find industry-specific postings on their sites. Take advantage of their events (including virtual ones) which are great ways to network and connect with professionals in your particular field.
Your geographical location can also be the culprit for your career search slump. If you’re keen on landing a middle management role within a large film production company but are limiting your search to Sioux Falls, you may have more options if you look in Los Angeles and New York too. If it’s unrealistic to uproot to a new city, consider seeking remote jobs.
4. Your Professional Brand Needs Polishing
Branding isn’t just for companies anymore. Professional branding is essentially managing your plist with a Proven Track Record of Leading High-Functioning Teams? Double check that your professional “theme” is consistent across all channels.
If your quest for a new position is taking longer than expected, taking a step back to assess can help you to move forward.
If your career search has hit a wall, let Omega Forty Seven help you jumpstart it today.
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