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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.
You tried. Really you have. You feel like you've given your all. Despite your best efforts, you cannot find a job for some reason.
It's frustrating and maybe even soul destructive, but don't despair. You have to do your best to keep hope and keep motivated: this is the best way to make progress!
Here are some tips on what to do if you can't find a job.
1. Take a break
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We're not talking about giving up your job search altogether or taking a month-long break. No, we mean you've been trying to find a job for so long that by that point you're probably burned out from the whole ordeal.
"It's okay to take a break from your job hunt every now and then," says Toni Frana, one of FlexJobs' experienced career coaches. "Give yourself a day or a few days off and spend that time doing something that makes you energized and happy, and thinking about what goes well with your quest. After that, you will find that you are with a new one A sense of energy and purpose to return to your job search. "
2. Go to where the jobs are
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Some people move to another city, state, or country to find work in their area. However, if you are looking for a remote job, you don't have to!
However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't look exactly where the jobs are. "Do a little research on the industries and types of remote workforce hiring to speed up your search," suggests Frana.
3. Improve your online presence
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Studies have shown that the majority of hiring managers will check a person's online presence before contacting them for an interview. What do your social media profiles look like?
Are they a mixture of (public) family photos and some political considerations? One of the most important aspects of your job search is making sure that your online presence is up to date and professional.
Take the time to clean up your profiles or create new ones that will make you look more professional and keep them updated so potential bosses can see that you are on social media for all the right reasons.
4. Get qualified or trained – or both
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To be honest, you've probably applied for some positions that you weren't exactly qualified for. However, if you think you can slip past a potential employer – or the applicant tracking system designed to weed out unskilled applicants – think again.
Employers will not hire anyone who does not have the majority of the skills, education, or work experience required for the job. So if you can't find a job because you need to improve your skills, consider going back to school or finding resources online to help you get the skills you need.
5. Change your mindset
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It's easy to feel defeated when you've been job hunting for a long time and your result has been a big nada. There is a chance that you will no longer do your best with every application you submit.
You may be thinking, "I'm not going to get the job anyway. So why write a new cover letter for the position?" You are right about that attitude, you definitely will not get the position. Try to get at least a little excited about each job you apply for.
“Just as taking a break from your job search is important, it is also important to have the right mindset. It's hard to be a job seeker, to apply for a lot of jobs, and possibly not to hear from employers, ”says Frana.
“Focus on the progress you make with each application. Improve your addiction tactics, work efficiently with your application process, and understand which keywords to use. These are important tools to use in your search. Celebrate these little steps! "Frana adds.
6. Try Temp
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When your bills go up, it may be time to take on a temporary gig. Temping is a great way to get your foot in the door of a company, learn new skills for the resume, and most importantly, get paid.
And you never know Some temporary workers, including those that are seasonal, are often given permanent positions as soon as their original appearance ends.
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It's the bane of almost every job seeker. Networking can feel schmoozy and wrong at best, and it can be difficult to sell yourself to every person you meet at a networking event.
However, networking is still one of the best ways to meet new people and generate new leads. If the fun aspect of networking is not your thing, there are plenty of online networking events that you can hold from the comfort of your home that produce the same great results.
8. Review your resume
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You have looked at your resume so many times that you can recite it verbatim. However, if you can't find a job, focusing too much on your resume can be the problem. After reading (and re-reading) your resume that many times, there is a much greater tendency to overlook some key mistakes.
"It's always a good idea to have someone else review your resume before submitting it," offers Frana. "A spouse, family member, friend, or resume reviewer can take a fresh look at your document and let you know if there are any obvious errors that need to be corrected before applying for a job."
Frana adds, "If that's not an option, change the font, size, and color and reread your resume so it will look different to you. If you're satisfied, change the font back to the correct one before applying." . "
9. Look at other industries
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It may not be exactly what you want it to be, but if you've been trying to find a job and can't pinpoint a particular thing, it may be time to look at other jobs in different fields. However, do not consider it a failure.
You may find that you are enjoying a new career field much more than you thought, and you may be surprised at how many of your skills are likely to be transferable from one area to another. And remember that changing careers can be a very exciting time in your professional life.
10. Look for other types of flexible working arrangements
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You may have focused your heart on working from home, but that may not be planned for now. There are many types of jobs under the great banner of work flexibility.
Expand your search to include part-time jobs, freelance jobs or contract appearances, flexible schedules, alternative schedules, or any combination of these. Being open to these other types of flexibility can lead to job opportunities that you may not have found if you were just looking for full-time remote jobs.
11. Practice your interview skills
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Interviews can bother even the best job seeker. That is why you should try to improve your interview skills. You can practice with friends, family, or even other job seekers who may be able to share tips on what you're doing right and where you might need improvement.
If you have a career mentor or ex-boss you are friends with, ask if they can also do a bogus interview with you. If not, consider online career coaching as an option for constructive and actionable feedback. When the time for an interview comes, you will likely be better prepared.
12. Find out the problem
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It was a struggle for you to find a job. But why? Which part of the job search gives you the most problems? Can't find any jobs you want to apply for? Or do you not hear any feedback from employers after submitting your application?
Do you get into the interview phase and are then passed over for positions? Understanding why you can't find a job goes a long way in finding one!
For example, if you are complaining about the lack of quality jobs in your industry, you may be looking in the wrong places. Big box job search websites offer many positions, but the vast majority likely doesn't apply to you, your qualifications, or your flexible work needs. If you are looking for a job from home, consider using a niche website that focuses on those such as: B. FlexJobs.
If you are not invited for an interview, check that your application is the best possible. Make sure your resume is in a modern format and includes relevant work experience for the position you are applying for.
What about your cover letter? Is it generic or edited for every position? Take the time to customize your application and you should see results right away.
If you interview hiring managers or employers but don't get the job, are your interviewing skills rusted? Or are you not sure how to sell yourself during an interview? Practice can help you solve the problems so that you can be hired for the job you want.
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