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Do You Feel like Your Job Search is hitting a Dead End? Creative Ways to Get Back on Track

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Have you hit a rut in your job search? Are you scanning those job boards daily, but nothing interesting catches your eye?

It’s perfectly normal to plateau as you look for your ideal position. You can’t maintain that peak level of energy every day. But you do want to stay on track. What steps can you take?

Set up informational interviews.

Informational interviews are pre-arranged conversations with people in a role or company that interests you. They’re an opportunity to learn more, even though you’re not aware of any present openings.

  • Landing informational interviews may be challenging, simply because people are so busy. But don’t let this discourage you, even if you’re rejected a few times. It will be worth the effort. Try to set up multiple interviews, because the more you know, the better. Experts agree that there’s a risk in speaking to only one or two people, because you may wind up basing a major career decision on what just a few contacts have told you.
  • The goal is live interaction, not just a phone call. You want to make a real connection. And, your conversation is likely to be more limited if it’s via telephone.
  • Be courteous. If you ask for a 45-minute meeting, be sure to wrap up on time. Plan ahead with questions you want to ask, so you don’t waste your interviewee’s time or your own.
  • Don’t push your resume. You’re only collecting information, not marketing yourself. Keep a copy of your resume handy, but only bring it out if asked.

Optimize your LinkedIn presence.

Scan your LinkedIn profile for any incomplete fields, discrepancies or meaningless jargon. Be sure everything pertaining to you is relevant, personalized and up to date. This includes explaining what interests you most and what you’re most passionate about.

  • Balance professional skills and strengths with your personal side. Give details on problems you’ve solved and how you wound up helping your patients, your team and your organization.

Get out there and meet people.

You can’t limit networking to online platforms. Go to events. When you’re looking for a job, you need to actively seek out opportunities and meet people face to face.

  • If you’re hesitant or introverted, bring a friend or two. Arriving solo can be intimidating even to the most outgoing people. Trios can be a good strategy, leaving you free to approach a new contact while your two friends chat nearby. Then, you can easily retreat back to them if need be. Don’t bring a whole posse, but the benefit of being part of a small group is that you can wind up meeting more people and avoid getting cornered in fruitless conversations that are hard to excuse yourself from.

Keep a positive mindset.

Rethink the way you’re setting goals and deadlines. Be realistic – and not too hard on yourself.

  • Stay positive. Ask yourself, “What measurable, realistic action can I take to move me closer to my dream job?” Whatever your answer is, tie it to a reasonable deadline. And periodically analyze what you could be doing differently.

Having an objective, professional partner can make the difference between failure and success as you find your next great job. In the Northwest, turn to the career counseling experts at MedicalPros Recruiting and Staffing to meet this need. We have a proven track record of matching candidates with leading healthcare employers. Contact us today to learn more.

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