It Might Be Time to Reevaluate Your Job Search Strategy

28 May

Still haven’t found your dream job? There is no doubt that the competition for each position is fierce, but when is the last time that you reevaluated your job search strategy? If you aren’t getting the results that you want, it might be time for a different tactic.

I have been thinking a lot about my job search strategy this week because honestly I don’t know how many more cover letters and painfully long online applications I can handle. And, although I have learned how to do both my cover letter and resume more effectively, I am still at the mercy of looking for job postings and frankly there just aren’t enough postings for quality positions. I have also done a fair amount of networking, and I have made some great connections and have enjoyed meeting new people. But, it if often the case in the job search that we feel like things are out of our control. We are waiting for a phone call to see if we got an interview or an offer. We are waiting for “good positions” that we can apply for, or meetings with our networking contacts. There is a certain amount of patience that is required, but it also might be time to reevaluate your strategy.

So, if you aren’t getting results in your job search, it is time to take a deeper look at what isn’t working. Are you not getting any interviews, or are you getting several interviews, but not any offers? As painful as the job search process is, you’ve got to be honest with yourself about where your weaknesses are. I used to think that I was really good at interviewing. But, after not having gone through the interview process in so many years, and the fact that it has changed a lot, I am sure that some of my interviews did not go as smoothly as they could have.Take some time to reflect on what you have done in your job search and really look at what is working and what isn’t working. Maybe you can make some tweaks to your search to be more successful, but you may also need think about a completely different strategy.

A lot has changed in the job search process, and we have to be able to change too. The last two positions I held, I didn’t really interview for, and I didn’t even write cover letters or do an online application. But, what you have done in the past won’t necessarily work today. The job market has completely changed, and you can no longer rely upon same search tactics that you used pre-Great Recession.

Why not try a bold job search tactic? Take matters into you own hands and don’t wait for your dream position to be posted. Why not contact your dream company and pitch your dream job to them? Research the company (of course) and find out what value you can bring to them and pitch yourself. Take a more proactive role in your job search and don’t wait for your dream position to come along. Create it!

It has worked for others, and it could work for you. Take the example of Cindy Massey, a 44-year old Seattlite who was featured on U.S. News. After two years of unemployment, with the help of a job coach, she pitched her dream company on a role with a creative cover letter. She got a call from the company the same day that she submitted the letter and had a job within weeks.

So,rather than spending hours searching job postings and waiting for an interesting position to show up, spend time researching companies. Find some companies where the culture would be a good fit for you, and research where you might have an impact. Pitch yourself to the companies with a plan for how you can contribute and what the role might look like. What have you got to lose?

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2 Responses to “It Might Be Time to Reevaluate Your Job Search Strategy”

  1. razwanawahid May 28, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Dream company / dream job pitching is an AWESOME idea. It takes work but is worth it.

    How about you, Lisa. What has worked well, and not so well, for you?

  2. Vishnu May 29, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Some bold tactics I’m familiar with include reaching out to contacts, Board members who belong to the organization and asking them to put a good word in for me. Also, contacting companies directly and speaking to them by phone to ask them questions about the position and try to get an informal phone interview by chatting with them. I’ve also written bold cover letters which have gotten quick call backs.

    Sometimes, we have to take bold moves to stand out! While I haven’t pitched a company the way you described, Lisa, I’ve done volunteer jobs in the past which has resulted in paid employment!

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