Guest Author: William Frierson is a staff writer for CollegeRecruiter.com.
As more and more time passes in your job search, you might become discouraged and eventually frustrated about your chances of getting hired. Keep in mind if you are someone who simply lacks patience, it may be that your job search hasn’t had enough time to develop. On the other hand, if you have been in a long-term search (maybe a year or more), it may be time to hit the reset button.
Here are some reasons why a change in your job search could be necessary:
Your resume response rate is less than 10%- This number is probably more significant if you are sending out a lot of resumes. More importantly, you should figure out why your resume isn’t getting more responses.
You aren’t getting many interviews- Remember, the key to getting an interview is your resume, so make sure it is flawless before sending it out to employers.
You aren’t getting past the pre-screening process from HR reps or recruiters- As a potential job candidate, you are susceptible to a background check, and any red flags can keep you from a job opportunity.
Your network hasn’t provided many opportunities- First, does your network even know that you’re still looking for a job? If not, tell them; if yes, remind them, and in either case, be clear about what you are looking for.
There is nothing wrong with making adjustments in your job search. If your current strategy does not produce results after some time, then a change might be in your best interest.