Change Your Job-Hunting Behavior

Be willing to change your behavior.  If you keep doing what you’re doing you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.

This statement is true with almost every goal I can think of: losing weight, making more sales, finding your soulmate, or learning a new instrument.  It is especially true when it comes to finding a new job.

If you have been job hunting (actually applying to jobs, not just saying you're applying) but you don't see any offers or movement, you need to evaluate your current job hunting strategy and identify ways you can act differently.  Are you shooting your resume into the black hole abyss of a job posting site like Monster.com, without trying to connect with your existing network?  Are you only posting to LinkedIn without having diversity of using other job boards?  Are you applying to jobs that require 7-10 years of experience when you only have 3 years?  Have you checked out your cover letter in the past few weeks?  What about your resume?

Take some time and lay out your entire job search strategy both qualitatively and quantitatively.  How many times per day/week/month do you search for a new job, make a new connection, review your resume, and apply to open positions?  Are those searches, connections, reviews, and applications quality, worth-while attempts, or half-hearted, weak shots?

Be honest with yourself and then make the change.