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For some reason, your job search just isn’t working. You’ve sent out resumes, filled out online applications, and no one has responded. Is your resume not formatted right? Do you have too little or too much experience? You don’t really know because you’re not hearing back from anyone.

The dead silence that comes from sending out a resume can be confidence-breaking. But now is the time to redouble your efforts to find the best job out there. Here are some ways to persevere and shift the job search odds in your favor.

First, have someone check your resume.

It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, if your resume has formatting issues or typos, you will lessen the chances that an employer will be interested in talking with you. Try having someone else look at your resume and get feedback on whether they see anything that might be holding you back.

Second, use keywords.

One thing to consider is the use of keywords to improve the chances that your resume will pop up in an online resume search by recruiters or hiring managers. You can figure out what keywords to use by going on a job board and searching for the kinds of jobs you’re qualified for. Try to make a list of skills that keep cropping up in these job descriptions. Then try to use those words in your resume.

Third, get out there on the job boards.

Have you created a resume on Indeed or some of the other job boards out there? You can post your resume for free on these sites:

  • CareerBuilder
  • Glassdoor
  • Indeed
  • Monster
  • Resume Library
  • TheMuse
  • USA Jobs
  • ZipRecruiter

Fourth, try networking instead.

Finding a new job is about who you know and who knows you. If you’re on the job hunt, let your friends and professional networks know about it. Do any of these people work at companies you’d consider working for? If so, reach out to them with a copy or your resume and ask if they know anything about the hiring process there. It’s also a good idea to attend networking events like Chamber of Commerce or MeetUp events to get your face (and candidacy) noticed.

Fifth, talk to recruiters.

Staffing agencies serve as free resources for candidates seeking new jobs. They can work one-on-one with job seekers to improve their resumes, help them prepare for interviews, and even pitch your skills to potential employers. Many times you can find one or two recruiters that you trust to help you get your resume out to prospective employers. Make sure you listen carefully to the feedback your recruiter shares. They are a very good resource that you may not have used before.

Don’t Stop Now – Increase Your Efforts

If you feel like your resume keeps falling into a black hole, now is the time to redouble your efforts. Increasing your momentum means that you will maximize every available opportunity to reach your goal. Speaking of goals, try doing something every day to increase the chances that opportunities will come your way. Start now by contacting IES. We can help you achieve what you’ve been dreaming about.

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