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By Heather Kosinski


These days, everything done in a job search tends to be done electronically. Because of this, an interviewer probably won’t see your face and interact with you until you are in an interview. This means that your resume and communication with the hiring manager or interviewer must be well constructed.

The best way to make strides in your job search will be ensuring it is tailored to this new way of electronically moving through the process. Human Resources and Recruiters are now relying on applicant tracking systems to be able to review applications. The first step in ensuring you stand out through this process is by having a well-built resume. Include keywords related to the position and the industry. For more resume writing tips, check out our resume writing tips article to learn more about the details on how to write a resume that will help you stay in front of recruiters.

Once you have a clear direction for your next opportunity, review our 5-step process to finding a job:

  1. Update your resume to highlight your transferable job skills and update your LinkedIn profile by improving your personal brand and make your profile more visible.
  2. Network with executives on LinkedIn to ask questions and propel your job search. Share with your network that you’re looking for your next opportunity.
  3. Research what next steps would be for you to become a more qualified candidate for the roles you are looking at. Complete certifications, complete your degree, etc.
  4. Search every single day to stay on top of new opportunities being posted on job boards like LinkedIn and Indeed and even niche locations like company websites.
  5. Begin preparing for a job interview. Follow up with your interviewer to touch base post-interview.

On the other hand, figuring out how long you should look for a job is also a major part of a job search. On average, it takes about 3-6 months from start to finish to get a job. There are many factors that go into a job search that can make it go faster and also seem to slow it down. The time of year can impact how quickly a job search is completed. Keeping a positive mindset is also important, read more on our tips about staying positive in your job search.

Being in a job search is tough and can take a lot of time and energy. Staying positive while your search may be moving slower than you’d like can be difficult. What should you do if you’re not finding a job?

Here are some tips:

  1. Take a break from your job search. If you are currently in a position, pause your search.
  2. Find where the jobs in your field are hiring. If you’re open to relocation, search for opportunities out of your home base.
  3. Take the time to update your online presence. Utilize LinkedIn to update your professional profile to showcase your achievements and skills. Join groups on LinkedIn in your field and industry to network.
  4. Advance your skills by certifications or by schooling.
  5. Customize your application. Employers are looking for applicants who are the right fit, just as the job seeker is looking for a company that meets their career expectations.
  6. Consider other industries, if you’re hitting a wall in your search in your current industry, try looking at similar roles in other industries.
  7. Practice interviewing with friends, family, etc. If you make it to the interview stage and it hasn’t led to any offers, considering practicing on your interview techniques.
  8. Try to find the problem. If you aren’t finding a job, take some time to review your search process and see where you’ve been struggling and where you might be able to make improvements. Ask for feedback from hiring managers if you’ve interviewed.

Overall, the search process for a job is time-consuming and requires dedication. Utilize the resources that work in your favor, stay connected on LinkedIn and communicate with recruiters. If you stay organized and engaged, it can certainly result in a new chapter in your career.

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