If you have been out of work for a while, then you know just how stressful a job search can be. It seems as if you apply over and over again for weeks on end and still not an interview in sight.

One thing to remember, a job search can be stressful, but it’s usually because you’re not doing what you need to be doing to find success.

If what you are presently doing is simply not working, change it up. Sit down and think about what you could do differently-which strategies have been working and which ones have not. Perhaps it’s searching for jobs in a different field altogether. Or maybe for some, you are simply not applying to enough jobs in a week’s time. Applying for one job per week isn’t going to get you very far. If you want a successful job search, you have to put for the time and effort necessary to be successful.

Take a look at your resume. If you are applying for an executive position, does your resume reflect that? If your resume is more generic, then you will want to spice your resume up. If your resume doesn’t effectively market you for the type of job you’re seeking, don’t expect your phone to ring from potential employers. Generic resumes won’t peak the interest of employers who are looking for executive-level candidates.  There are a number of ways to transform a regular resume into a professional or executive resume, and while you probably can do it on your own, you may want to consider hiring a professional to ensure that your skills, experience, and achievements are presented in a manner that positions your for the executive-level position you’re vying for.

A final tip: don’t just sit at your computer and scroll through job boards all day. Networking on social media sites and at job fairs may be key to finding your next career opportunity. Attend job fairs (dressed your best and with resumes to distribute) and contact colleagues and friends on social media sites (i.e. LinkedIn) to see if they know of opportunities that may be a great fit for you.

Don’t let a job search stress you out. A great resume, time, effort, and a positive attitude will pay off in the end!

 

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  3. How to Conduct a Job Search without Tipping Off Your Current Employer
  4. What Stage of the Job Search is Causing You Problems?
  5. Chronological or Hybrid Resume: Which is Right for Your Job Search?

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