Jump-start a stalled Job Search

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If you're job search has stalled, take the time to review your plan. Changes may be in order.

Are you in the hunt for a new job? If so, you probably know how hard it is to stay focused and energetic. Today, I have some ways you can fine-tune your job search and jump-start one that seems stalled.

There are two phases to every job search. The first phase is developing job-search skills, or the how-to part of a search, and the second involves the mental energy and focus needed to keep your search moving.

If you’re not getting results from the resumes you’re sending and applications you’re completing, take some time to review your job-search plan. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Review your goals. If you’re off track, refocus on the direction you want to go.
  • Pay attention to your self-talk. What are your thoughts when you are disappointed? It’s easy to start doubting yourself and believing in rejection. If that happens, you’re more likely to give up or slow down your job-search activities.
  • Keep meeting new people, and maintain contact with your circle of friends. Make sure you are asking good questions when you make contact with someone new. You may need a different set of questions to produce results.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Follow up with every lead and opportunity that interests you.
  • Join a group or get a job-search buddy system going. If you’re accountable to someone, it will be easier to maintain your routine.