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5 Challenges of a Job Search and Tips to Help Overcome Them.

We’ve all heard the expression “Looking for a job can be a full-time job” well this expression couldn’t be more fitting in today’s tight labor market. Looking for a job is no problem if you are unemployed, but nearly impossible if you are currently working. Addressing these five common challenges can help you to remove roadblocks and take the next step in your career.

1. You need a job, now!

Being between employment opportunities is stressful no doubt but this feeling can lead you to send resumes to jobs that are not right for you. In interviews, you’ll tell the hiring manager what you think he wants to hear, so you may come across as unfocused. Even if you get hired, the job may not be the right one for you. Look for income streams to support you while you conduct your search. Consider part-time or temporary positions to ease your financial worries while you search for a full-time job.

2. You don’t know what you want.

Maybe you’re not unemployed but you know that you’re not happy in your current job, but you’re also not sure what needs to change. You may be tempted to take a scattershot approach just to see what’s out there, but an untargeted search is generally a waste of time. Spend some time reviewing career websites, books, or working with a staffing agency that can help you narrow your search.

3. You’re not finding opportunities.

Many of the best jobs are never advertised. A recent article indicated up to 80% of jobs are not advertised. If you can’t find openings in your field or with the company where you want to work, you may need to do some legwork yourself. Attend networking events to get to know the hiring managers in your area. Engage with target companies on social media. Some companies depend on staffing firms to find the right people for them. Reach out to some local firms to find out if they know of suitable positions for you. Consider partnering with a search firm that specializes in your field of interest.

4. You’re applying but you’re not getting the interviews.

Take a more critical look at your resume or have a friend look it over. Are you targeting your resumes to each position you reply to or are you just sending the same one everywhere? Are you including a cover letter that shows the reader how right you are for the position? Your cover letter should draw parallels between the requirements in the job posting and your experience. Focus on highlighting the skills and experience related to the position you are applying to.

5. You’re getting interviews, but no offers.

Research the company thoroughly before you go in for the interview. Prepare for common questions, and practice if you can. Don’t overlook studying your resume and take pen to paper to write down related accomplishments to bring them to the forefront of your memory. Don’t be afraid to be assertive when it comes to letting them know you are interested in the position. Close the interview by asking for the job and finding out what the next steps are. And don’t forget to follow up with 48 hours with a nice thank you email that reminds the interviewer that you are the best person for the job.

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