This week I am faced with a very common question and concern for many job seekers, ‘Why Is My Job Hunt Taking So Long?‘. However, approaching your job hunt in a more structured and practical way, taking some key points about job applications and CV creation into consideration, you will reap the benefits and fingers crossed find the perfect job for you.
Why Is My Job Hunt Taking So Long?
I have been looking for a job for nearly 4 months whilst a contemporary of mine has started a new role I am still receiving no interest. I am beginning to feel very disheartened and lonely. Please give me some advice and suggest some ways in which I too can start making progress. 4 months is a long time and I can see how you would begin to lose heart especially when others around you have not only started interviewing but have started new jobs. It can be very easy to find job searching a
lonely experience and the continuous rejections can take their toll. If you find a job advert which you read and get excited about because it sounds like you would be the perfect candidate but you are not receiving callbacks then we have to look at why and address these issues. Here at Career Intelligence we have some very Senior Executive Coaches who are here to help and guide you throughout this process, sometimes it can be very helpful to have someone to act as a sounding board and someone to be accountable to. Quite often with my clients, although they think they have been looking for months the reality is they have only sent off a few applications, in order for your job hunt to be successful you first have to recognise that it needs focus and lots of attention. It has to be something that you are dedicated to and something that you can give your time to. If you feel that this is not the case and you have sent more applications than you can remember then you need to change the way you are approaching the market. Firstly have your CV checked over by a professional who will be able to help you make sure that your CV is well written, contains all the relevant information and is marketing you in the correct way. Your CV is the foundation to your job hunt, it is your ‘shop front window’, so if it isn’t reflecting your capabilities then you have no other way of impressing potential employers. The job market is highly competitive and there are many very talented people who are looking to change roles, so if your CV is letting you down, you are letting yourself down. The CV must be balanced with the right amount of relevant information which is prioritised according to the job description you are applying for. It is important to remember that there is no perfect CV but there is the perfect CV for each different job you are applying for. Being able to adapt your CV to each different role is key to securing a call back. Once you have a CV you are happy with you need a strategy – it is no good having the best CV in the world and not knowing how to use it effectively. Perhaps speak with an Executive Coach here at Career Intelligence who can offer you guidance on how to use your CV as an effective marketing tool. They can help you to start to seeing results and having someone to guide you will limit your feelings of isolation. Quite often a plan is all you need to start feeling excited again. One Golden rule to follow if you are losing heart by making unlimited applications is to simply Stop. Next time you get tempted to send off another application through the internet then think twice, is there a name or number of someone dealing with that job? Could you ring the company and find out who the agent is? Do you know anyone in the company you are applying to? If the answer is yes, pick up the phone and speak to someone, not only will the process be less lonley but you get a very quick idea if you are appropriate for the job or not. They may also have other jobs that would be of interest to you and at least this way if you don’t hear anything back you have someone to call and ask. Investing in your job hunt can make all of the difference – having someone with you every step of the way takes away the loneliness and by approaching the market through networking you can you can build new relationships which is only ever a good idea. Emma Foster, Senior Client Relationship Manager Have a question for Emma? Be sure to email Emma here. Alternatively you can follow Emma on Twitter here.