7 Tips to Reverse Bad Luck in Your Job Search

By Robert Half March 9, 2019 at 4:45pm

Does every day feel like Friday the 13th when you’re searching for a job? Help turn things around with these tips.

If you can’t figure out how to reverse bad luck in your job hunt, follow our seven tips:

1. Revisit the basics 

Knowing how to write a resume and cover letter will give you 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. Work with a staffing agency

Staffing specialists can help reverse bad luck in a job hunt. Choose a staffing agency that specializes in your field in order to get expert advice, access to industry connections and the chance to build new skills.

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3. Establish a solid online presence 

Many employers use LinkedIn to look for 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 reduce your chances of getting an interview. And don't forget to periodically check your privacy settings.

4. Keep building a bigger network 

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. LinkedIn is great, but you'll also want to do some in-person networking. Expand your network to include friends of friends, former colleagues and members of professional associations. Carry business cards at all times for when you bump into someone unexpectedly.

5. Scour the job boards 

Check out job search sites that list positions in your field as well as general job boards like CareerBuilder and Monster. Signing up to receive alerts about available jobs that match your specifications will save time in your search.

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 about the possibility of doing informational interviews. 

7. Diligently prepare for interviews 

Review our interview tips and do everything in your power to make a good impression by dressing appropriately, researching the organization and preparing for common interview questions.

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