Have you ever heard the statement: “Be part of the solution, not part of the problem”? WOW! That statement is powerful although it is not pleasant to hear either. As a job seeker, your challenge is to find employment. Your added challenge is to navigate through this economy towards successful employment and a career. Easy to say but difficult to execute wouldn’t you say? An effective job search requires patience, tenacity, and most importantly, flexibility.
Have you ever walked through a maze? I have, and I do not enjoy them. Either way, have you ever tried to walk through a maze only to hit a dead end? What do you do? You do not back up only to try the same strategy again, right? No, you go at it through a different path. You might hit another dead end, but you keep trying new paths to get through the maze.
The same approach holds true with the job search. If you have applied online to dozens of positions with no response, it is time to realize that you need a new strategy? This plan isn’t working for you. Stop walking into the same wall over and over again because, frankly, you are now the root of your job search problem.
If you are getting interviews but no callbacks, your problem is not your resume, so asking endless people to help you with your resume at this point is not what you need to do. My guess is that you need to address your interviewing skills. Identify the root of your job search problem and develop strategies to overcome it. Notice I said strategies not strategy. Plan A might not be the right avenue for you.
In the job search, it is important to be tenacious and patient enough to not give up too quickly but also wise enough to know when it is time to scrap Plan A and move on to Plan B.
With any challenge you face in your job search, do not give up and blame the economy or your lack of experience for your situation. Ask yourself, “What am I going to do about it?” The person who just complains that nothing they are doing to find a job is working has now become part of the problem. The person who looks at the facts and asks “What am I going to do about it?” is the solution-driven job seeker. I like being solution-driven myself. What about you?