When you find yourself putting more and more effort into applying for jobs, and this is bringing less and less results, maybe you should not keep on trying. Well, this does not mean that you should stop, but rather try differently.
There’s no magic formula, but hopefully these 3 ideas will provide you some fresh thoughts . . .
Re-vamp your profile
Whether it’s your profile on Linked-in, on another professional networking platform, or your CV, do a good clean up. Make your profile fresh, approachable, and lean. For tips on how to make your CV lean & clean check: http://interview-lab.ch/en/cv-lenght-and-impact/
How about adding a blog about your field of expertise?
Because – we hope! – you want your profile to be a teaser, not a shopping list.
Moreover, adding a blog may reduce the concern of hiring managers about your tech-savviness, it would show that you are up-to-date in your field, and will also give visibility to your profile in a relevant community.
Do real networking
Networking is not only about being present and interacting on-line on platforms such as x-ing. No matter how well technical tools (including emails) allow us to stay in touch, face-to-face meetings are still very important to connect with others and create solid bonds.
Consider also attending events (TEDx talks, networking breakfasts, etc.) to stretch out of your usual group of acquaintances and professional contacts.
Think that it is:
- The people who know you the best and trust you the most, are more likely to spend their name in your favor.
- Other professionals – with whom you shared experiences and who know how much you value and what contribution you bring – that are more likely to be your ambassadors.
- Those to whom you offer an opportunity to get to know you, to get a better sense of who you are and what your values are, who may be willing to help you.
Moreover, networking is not a one off or a “click” on a button. It’s about building a relationship of respect and trust, which requires time and consistency. You have to feed it to make it blossom.
Brush Up On Your Interview Skills
If you haven’t interviewed in a long time, it’s probably time to practice a bit. Instead of role-playing with a too-comfortable friend, try:
- going on a few interviews for jobs that you aren’t too interested into;
- recording or video taping yourself speaking;
- practicing job interview mock sessions with a professional.
Because you don’t want to go to an interview for the job that you most want and screw up!
Every interview – real or simulated – is a learning process.
Record yourself, listen to your own voice, observe yourself in the video, and ask yourself: “Do I have enough drive? Do I sound like I care? Is my message authentic and credible? Is this me?”. And if you practice with another person, solicit feedback on what they saw and how they perceived and interpreted it.