Why is my job search taking so long?
You’ve been putting out applications left and right. You’re not getting callbacks. Or you are, but it’s for positions you don’t want, or are over-qualified for. Why is your job search taking so long? There are a multitude of reasons this could be. You could be in a highly competitive city or field. Your city’s economy could just be very slow at the moment. Maybe you think you’re applying to a lot of jobs, but once or twice a week isn’t enough.
I remember every period I spend job searching. Especially in the beginning of my career, I would often go 4-5 months in between jobs. My mom and my friends (and my poor poor credit card) floated my living expenses while I job searched. It was hard. I either wasn’t finding the job I wanted, or was unqualified for the ones that were available. If I could find a potential listing, it was a temp job, or the market was too competitive for me to stick out.
Eventually I found a job. I took it out of necessity, not want. I worked it as long as I could until I was able to pay off some debt and start planning for my future employment change. Some of the best advice given to me was, “It is always easier to get hired if you already have a job. It shows immediately that you are employable and valuable enough to keep on payroll.”
If your job search is lagging, I suggest you do a self audit, and check the following:
Have a professional look at your resume.
If your issue is that you’re applying to jobs, but not even getting an interview, you need to check your resume, or redo it completely. In the Millennial Life Skills Vault, I have a free checklist to help you identify the 9 things you need to make sure your resume has.
But if you’ve updated it, and you’ve had others look at it and it’s still not getting you any interviews, then it might be time to check in with a professional for either an audit or a complete re-write.
Resumes serve exactly one purpose: to get you the interview. There is just no way you can completely showcase all of your amazing skills, experience, talents, and personality on one or two pieces of paper. But professional resume creators know how to highlight the most important skills, experience, and make your personality shine through so the reader is intrigued enough to talk with you in person.
Your day job should be applying for jobs, or building a marketable skill set.
If you’re currently unemployed, stressed about finding a job, then you need to make finding a job your job. But there are a lot of ways to do this; it’s not all sitting in front of a computer filling out application after tedious application.
The best way to build your skill set and network is through volunteering. Once you’ve built a rapport, you can ask those people if they can help you find a job, or drop your name to one of acquaintances.
There are a few marketable skills that will probably be useful in most jobs you’ll ever have. They are: sales, customer service, internet marketing, and programming/coding. If you’re not job searching, you should be doing everything you can to develop those skills.
The side gig is part of building your skills. If you’ve successively figured out how to sale, or market on the internet, or code, a side hustle will be easy to get started. Depending on your hustle, and your investment, you can create the opportunity to float your own income while you job search. If you’ve actually earned a livable wage from the income, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be included on your resume.
We are quickly moving into a gig economy. What that means for you is you have the opportunity to create for yourself an income that is entirely reliant on your ability to hustle. You’re usually an independent contractor, providing individual services for individual pay rates. You set your own hours, and your business either comes from word of mouth, organized companies, or companies that allows clients to find you (like rover.com.)
Job search challenge
Job searching is a life skill. It is not something you just wake up and know how to do. If you’re lucky, you had a lot of supportive adults in your life or school who taught you the basics of filling out a resume, an application, and how to act and dress on an interview.
But not all of us did.
Classes get cut.
Parents are too busy, or not around. Or worse, parents did all the work for you instead of teaching you how.
Or maybe it’s just been a while and you need a refresher.
If you want to take a more hands on approach, get in depth about your job search and really build some momentum in your job search, consider signing up for my Job Search Challenge.
Everyday for six days, we’re going in-depth on a topic related to the job search. Resumes, applications, where to find jobs, interviews, and more. At the end of this challenge you will be empowered to confidently reach out to employers and explain why you are the best case scenario.
The Job Search Challenge also allows you access to the Millennial Life Skills Vault which has a resource library. it includes information about resumes, interview tips, side hustles, and so much more related to supporting your career. This challenge will help you get ahead in your job search experience and develop an incredibly important life skill.