When it’s taking some time to find that new job, it can wreak havoc on your self-worth and self-esteem. The process can be corrosive. The longer you remain in your search, the more anxious, and less confident you can get, making it even harder to land that new job. Confidence is essential and on your own, difficult to maintain with all the external pressures.
Sure, job hunting is really hard. It can be agonizing, tedious, and sometimes, discouraging. But you have to push through the lows and keep at it. Often with a professional coach and smart maneuvering, it’s possible to get back on track, even after a long absence or being in the wrong job or the wrong company.
If you’ve been sending out resumes, filling out applications and maybe even landing interviews but haven’t gotten the results you want, then this blog post is for you.
Here are 5 key steps to help you land that new job.
Polish your resume
Colorado recruiters and hiring managers receive hundreds of applications for a single job posting, and not just from the local competition – national too. To make the hiring process easier, many of them use software to filter out candidates. If your resume happens to get past the screening, it only has about 10 seconds to catch the eye. That means, it needs to grab a recruiter’s attention nearly instantly.
If you’ve sent out dozens of resumes, all without success, then you may well need help rewriting your resume. In this case, getting an outside perspective from a trained professional can be essential in crafting a concise story of your career skills and business accomplishments.
Professional Colorado career coaches understand the recruitment process inside and out. They will look at everything – from your resume, cover letter, and even LinkedIn profile – to help you to clearly communicate your personal brand and craft a more cohesive story.
Well-versed in crafting resumes, career coaches will help refresh your resume, making sure that it is customized for the job you want. They will help you build a powerful and relevant resume that emphasizes the skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for and how your experience can be of value to the company. This will help make your CV standout from the competition and give you a competitive edge in your job search.
Build a strong online presence
According to studies, 66% of recruiters check applicants’ social media profile as a way to judge their character and check the positions they’ve held in the past. What you post online can mean the difference between receiving an invitation for interview or going into the “not interested” pile of candidates. If you are looking for a job, then beware of what you post on social media can have an impact on your search results.
Your digital footprint is a huge part of your personal brand, and you can use it to your advantage. Career coaches will tell you that refining your online presence can help you stay ahead of the competition. They will take the time to check your social media profiles and provide constructive feedback, so you can take the necessary steps to establish a strong personal brand that will enhance your job search.
Polish your interview skills
You just blew your potential employer away with your resume. You got an interview, and now it’s time to up the ante. This is your chance to impress the interviewer enough to get hired. In today’s competitive job market, you need be confident, likable, and well prepared in order to get the job. If you haven’t been interviewed for a position for quite a while and the thought of being interviewed makes you squirm, then it’s time to bring in the pros.
Mock interviews can be key to your job interview success. A good career coach will dedicate time to conduct a series of practice interviews with you. They will walk you through the process, ask you general interview questions, and help you frame responses. Your career coach will help you identify, and showcase the value in your prior experience and articulate why you would make a good hire. Ultimately, they will provide you with constructive feedback to improve your responses and behavior during interviews.
Working with a career coach will give you the best possible chance of acing your job interview. The more you practice, the more confident you’ll feel walking into the interview. The more confident and prepared you are, the more likely you’ll succeed in landing the job.
Networking is incredibly important during a job search. But for many, networking isn’t a fun activity. Some people struggle to be themselves, have awkward conversations, and experience anxiety in large groups of strangers.
There is no denying the power a strong professional network can have on your career success. It can help you get your next job, and even prepare you for the next big career opportunity. If networking isn’t your forte, then getting help to start those awkward conversations will be the key. Leveraging local professional’s networks can not only extend your reach but has the powerful benefit of personal introductions to appropriate people.
When used appropriately, networking will not only help you land the job you want, it will also give you a competitive edge in every stage of your career. The more well connected you are, the better your chances at improving your career progression.
Build confidence in yourself
Longer more drawn out job searches have been shown to have a negative effect on a person’s self-esteem. In order to land a job, you first need to have confidence in yourself and your abilities.
Knowing your strengths, weaknesses, qualifications and accomplishments are essential to building your sense of value. An independent coach and mentor will help you harness your strengths and improve on your weaknesses to help you reach their full potential. They will even push you to invest in yourself and learn critical skills that will best position you for success.
With a better understanding of how stand out from your competition, you’ll feel better about yourself and become more appealing to your next employer.
A career coach won’t do the work for you
Working with a career coach is often all it takes to set you on a more productive path towards your goals. They will serve as your ally – they know the recruitment process inside and out and is dedicated to your success. With specific trainings in resume building and career development, career coaches can help you take your career and your job search to the next level.
While there are lots of things career coaches can do for you, keep in mind that they are not magicians. One session isn’t enough to solve your problem. They can’t change your life overnight. They can’t instantly get you a job either.
A career coach is there to assist you in evaluating yourself and help you determine your course of action, but they aren’t there to do the work for you. It is your job to enact the plan and meet your goals. The time it takes to see results will vary depending on the effort you devote to the process. Being fully committed to the process is the best way for you to get the most out of your career coaching sessions.