When you’re looking for a job, everything seems urgent. You submit your resume, often dozens at a time, and wait for a response. But what happens when you don’t get the answers you want? Or when you don’t even hear back from potential employers requesting interviews? If you’re not getting the calls back you’re expecting, there are some things you can do to change your future. Start with these job search tips to kick start the next steps.
Revamp Your Resume
It may be time to take a closer look at your resume to see if there are any improvements you could make. Your resume is like a sales brochure. It needs to let the potential employer know you’re the best bet that will solve their problem.
Take time to look at how your resume communicates your skills and abilities. Does it share the reasons someone should hire you, or at the very least invite you to interviews? Does it talk about your accomplishments in previous jobs?
Network in the Community
Sending out applications to online job postings isn’t always the most efficient way to get a new job. It’s important to network within the community both online and offline.
Take time to join LinkedIn and make sure your profile is up to date. Let recruiters know you’re in the market for a new job and post regularly with information that would attract the attention of employers in your area.
But also network away from the internet. Attend industry events, happy hours and social engagements. Always let people know you’re looking for a new job.
There is a fine line between constructive follow-up and pestering, but it’s important you know how and when. After you send an application, take time to follow up with a personalized email.
It may not always lead to increased views of your resume, but the few occasions where it does will be all you need to get an interview.
Lastly, be patient. Companies often have a long and involved recruiting process that doesn’t happen overnight. You may want an immediate response to your resume, but that isn’t always the case. Never put all your eggs in one basket, but don’t write off a company if you don’t hear from them right away.
Do you want to have more help finding your next job opportunity or landing interviews? Contact the recruiters at Harvard Resource Solutions, now hiring for jobs in Detroit MI, or browse our open jobs for yourself.