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Is Your Job Search Taking Forever? Three Ways to Take Back Control

Does it feel like your job search is going nowhere fast? Whether you’ve been on the job hunt for several months or even just a few weeks, any job search can often feel tedious and exhausting. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to maximize your time and energy, so you make as much progress as possible. If you’re feeling burned out trying to land a new job, here are three ways to take back control:

Establish a daily schedule for your search.

Sometimes, the most stressful part about a job search is the feeling that you’re never doing enough. Establishing a daily schedule in which you conduct job search activities (such as completing applications, updating your resume, and making follow-up calls to employers) will give you a sense of routine and help you stay vigilant about completing your tasks without feeling overwhelmed and anxious. For example, many experts recommend treating the job search as a 9-3 job, in which you allocate those hours of the day strictly to your search. However, if you currently hold an existing job, you may need to create a different schedule that involves “after business” hours or the weekends. By figuring out what works for your schedule, you’ll be able to manage your time more effectively.

Leverage your network.

While your abilities and talents will always be crucial for securing a job, often, the people you know can be just as important. As you seek new jobs, it’s essential to tap into your network and reach out to contacts who may be able to connect or refer you to new opportunities. This can involve anything from reaching out to a hiring professional for more information about their company to scheduling informational interviews with individuals in your network who may be able to offer valuable insight or guidance. Taking time to leverage your network can prove to be a major catalyst in finding the right opportunities and getting your credentials noticed by the right people.

Continue investing in yourself.

As you look for a new job, it’s essential to keep investing in yourself. Focusing on building your skills and acquiring more knowledge about your industry will not only make you more marketable but will increase your confidence and afford you more employment options moving forward. Whether it’s taking a continuing education course or attending industry conferences, a commitment to your professional growth will help you build your resume, develop new relationships, and even open doors to potential employers. Additionally, if there’s a certain type of job you desire, you may opt to enhance your qualifications by earning a specialized certification or learning a new skill.

By implementing the practices above, you can strategically improve your job search while reaching your career goals!

Is your job search causing you unnecessary stress and anxiety? Consider working with a trusted staffing agency like HH Staffing! Explore our open roles today to get started.

Until Next Time,

Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant

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Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experience creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.