Are you spending time on activities that bring you results?
Many jobseekers rely on responding to ads and contacting recruiters, even as they hear that most jobs are accessible by networking and talking directly to companies.
Be honest about how productive your job search activities are. By all means, try many different routes including ads and recruiters, but if those haven’t been working for you, be willing to change and do something else.
Are you talking to the right people? Attending a cocktail party and telling everyone who will listen that you need a job doesn’t count as networking. Networking in general is about building relationships for the long-term. Networking in the job search context is about identifying and nurturing relationships with people who can hire you or refer you. These need to be people one, two or three levels above you.
We have all heard the line “It’s not personal, it’s business.” In the case of your job search, it’s both. Yes, keep your business hat on because you need to be professional and analytical and focused on your target companies’ business concerns. But your job search is also very personal. Your ability to find the best job for you impacts your emotional health, financial wellbeing, day-to-day living and future prospects. Is it the market or is it you? It’s your search, your career, and your willingness and ability to be better than the jobseekers out there regardless of the market.
It’s all you.
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Caroline Ceniza-Levine is co-founder of SixFigureStart a career coaching firm for Gen Y professionals. Formerly in corporate recruiting and retained search, Caroline has recruited for Accenture, Booz Allen, Citibank, Disney ABC, Oliver Wyman, Pfizer, and Time Inc. She currently writes career columns for Portfolio.com and Vault.com and teaches Professional Development at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
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