Does every day feel like Friday the 13th when you’re searching for a job?
If you can’t figure out how to reverse bad luck in your job hunt, follow our seven tips:
1. Revisit the basics. Your resume and cover letter are your first opportunity to make a good impression with potential employers. Make sure your materials are up-to-date, typo-free and customized for the job for which you're applying.
2. Build a bigger network. It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Expand your network to include friends, friends of friends, former colleagues and other professionals in your field. Carry business cards at all times for when you bump into someone unexpectedly.
3. Establish a solid online presence. Many employers use LinkedIn to evaluate potential job candidates, so make sure your profile is current. Tidy up your social media profiles, too. You don’t want an inappropriate picture or off-color comment to lessen your chances of getting a job. And don't forget to periodically check your privacy settings.
4. Scour the job boards. Check out sites that list positions in your field and general boards like CareerBuilder and Monster. Signing up to receive alerts about available jobs that match your specifications will save time in your search.
5. Work with a staffing agency. Staffing specialists can help reverse bad luck in a job hunt. Choose an agency that specializes in your field in order to get expert advice, access to industry connections and the chance to build new skills.
6. Make some cold calls. Reversing your bad luck may mean stepping out of your comfort zone. Make a list of companies where you’d like to work, research them online and reach out via email to ask for informational interviews. Have your resume handy and be prepared with your elevator pitch.
7. Prepare for interviews. Review our interview basics and do everything in your power to make a good impression by dressing appropriately, researching the organization and preparing for common interview questions.
Any other advice you’d like to add for job hunters who’ve been having bad luck? Share your personal experience in the comments section below.