So, you were hoping that your job search would consist of sending a couple of emails to important contacts, filling out a few applications, going to one or two interviews, and then presto, you’d have a shiny new position. However, here you are, months later with not much to show for it. What are you doing wrong—and how can you hurry the whole process up?
Take a look at these nine sources, and you’ll be back on track and landing that gig in no time.
- If you’re worried that your job search is taking longer than everyone else’s, this article from career expert Marc Miller will keep things in perspective. (LinkedIn)
- Is nothing really striking your fancy when you’re looking at job listings? It might be time to try opening up your mind to different opportunities. (Tiny Buddha)
- Do you seem to never find listings you like? Reconsider if you’re reading job boards as effectively as you could be. (The Guardian)
- Ask everyone you know to coffee just to hear about their lives and careers—and not necessarily to ask for a job. You’ll be surprised by how refreshed you feel afterward. (99U)
- Think about starting up a side hustle like freelancing, consulting, or volunteering to help you gain perspective, sharpen your skills, meet new people, and try new things. (Jullien Gordon)
- Take this career strengths test to see what type of employee you are, then make sure those traits are shining through in your applications. (Oprah)
- Focus your energy into staying positive, no matter how frustrated you’re getting. (Lifehack)
- Take a step back from your work for a weekend while you take the perfect, relaxing staycation. (Real Simple)
- Try out a career coach and use this guide to find the perfect one. (The Daily Muse)