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8 Ways to Get Through a Long Job Search Without Feeling Discouraged

July 25th, 2019 Posted by Job Applicants 0 thoughts on “8 Ways to Get Through a Long Job Search Without Feeling Discouraged”

Job search fatigue; it’s real and it can be unpleasant. Whether you’ve been looking for a new job for a few weeks or you’ve been at it for months, a long job search is intimidating at best and downright discouraging at its worst. While undergoing a job search for an extended period of time it can feel so much longer than it actually is, with bills piling up and life carrying on as usual.

Although it can be easy to let feelings of discouragement take over, doing so can derail your job search process even further. It’s imperative to keep your confidence up and keep your eye on the prize – finding a position that’s mutually beneficial for yourself and the company you’re joining. Below are 8 ways to get through the highs and lows of a long job search without feeling discouraged.

Keep Networking

Old fashioned conversations will feel a lot more beneficial to your end goal than blindly sending out resumes. Use networking tools like LinkedIn, networking events and reaching out to your contacts via email or phone to keep current on your networking. It only takes one lead to open the right door for your next job.

Follow Up Phone Call

After your follow up email has gone unanswered for a week, stay persistent and follow up via phone call. Call the same point of contact that you emailed to give a more personalized approach by explaining why your skillset and personality are a good fit with the company.

Resume Refresh

A job search lull might be the ideal opportunity to refresh that resume that hasn’t been updated since your last job search. Chances are you’ve accomplished more and gained additional skills since then, so be sure to add those points to your resume.

Find a Mentor

It might feel like you’re alone in this, but a mentor will provide the support and guidance to give you that push you need. If you already have a mentor, consider yourself lucky! If not, it’s time to hit the pavement and find one through networking.

Focus on Companies, Not Jobs

Some potential jobs might not be posted to a job board or made available to the public. If a company catches your eye, whether at an event, through social media or through our executive search recruiter, start doing your research about the company itself and the people who work there. Many jobs are filled through networking, so don’t miss a great opportunity by failing to target organizations of interest.

Volunteer in Field of Interest

You simply never know who you could meet while volunteering. Get out there and lend a helping hand while you have the extra time, and the connections you make could lead you in the right direction. It’s a win-win. The feeling of accomplishment will also help with those feelings of discouragement about job search fatigue.

Ask for Feedback Upon Rejection

If you find out that the job you interviewed for was offered to someone else, it can’t hurt to ask for some feedback about why you weren’t chosen. The feedback can help you in your job search, perhaps making you aware of a red flag you were sending out that you weren’t aware of.

Stay Confident

We know it’s easier said than done when you’ve spent weeks being ignored or rejected by company after company, but staying confident in yourself and what you have to offer an organization will be the driving force behind getting through a long job search and through to the finish line.

 

JW Michaels & Co. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving the specialized recruiting needs of top-tier financial services, legal, technology and business institutions. Contact us about our Executive Search and Flexible Staffing Solutions today.

 

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6 Signs you Nailed the Interview

October 11th, 2018 Posted by Job Applicants 0 thoughts on “6 Signs you Nailed the Interview”

We’ve all been there; we vigorously prepare for an interview, only for the big day to come and go while we’re left waiting on pins and needles for word back. Of course, there’s always a general sense on how well we did, but the uncertainty can be taxing. What if we told you there are certain signs to pick up on that can indicate our status with potential employers? There are never any guarantees, but these 6 signs are good indicators that you nailed the interview and can expect a job offer.

Body Language

Body language is a great indication of whether a conversation is going well, but it’s an especially good indicator of a job interview going in your favor. Interviewers will unintentionally make certain movements that demonstrate their enthusiasm for your responses to important questions. Head nodding, leaning in and other affirmative movements are all good indications you’re nailing the interview.

Conversational vs. Formal

When the interview turns more casual than formal, it’s usually a good sign the interviewer is comfortable with you and interested in what you have to say. The majority of the interview will be formal, but once you feel the energy change from business to more conversational, it’s a good sign they’re satisfied with how your skills fit into the job description and they want to get to know you better to figure out if your personality fits company culture.

Goes Longer than Expected

Interviews that wrap up quickly usually mean the interviewer knows right away you’re not a good fit for the role, but the interview running over is a good sign. If you’re being asked a variety of questions for a longer time frame than you expected, it’s usually because the interviewer or panel of interviewers are interested and want to know more.

Tour

If you get a tour of the office and start getting introduced to other team members, chances are you’re passing with flying colors. There would be no reason to take the time to do that unless you’re legitimately being considered as a candidate for the job you’re seeking. Seeing the way you interact with possible future employees is an interview task in itself and can better help the interviewer make a final decision.

Roles Reverse

When the roles start to reverse and you feel the interviewer start to sell you on the job or the organization as a whole, chances are you’re in the clear. It’s a clear indicator that they’ve made their decision that they want to hire you, because they’ve likely heard everything they need to hear and want to start showing you why you should choose them if you were contemplating offers from other companies.

Verbal Cues like “When”

Unintentionally, the interviewer will go from saying “if” to “when” if they feel you nailed the interview. Listen for cues like this during the interview if you want a better grasp on whether you’re doing well or not, since they will likely slip out of the interviewer’s mouth unconsciously.

JW Michaels & Co. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving the specialized recruiting needs of top-tier financial services, legal, technology, and business institutions. Since our founding in 2010, we have grown to over a 120+ employees across six offices nationwide. We continue to grow because we stay true to our mission, employing the best people to find the best people. Fill out our form and one of our specialists will contact you as soon as possible.

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How to Navigate Looking for a Job While Still Employed

August 3rd, 2018 Posted by Executive Search, Job Applicants 0 thoughts on “How to Navigate Looking for a Job While Still Employed”

Keeping up with the duties of your current job while undergoing a job search can be a juggling act, but it’s the best time to start a job search since your skills are up-to-date and your industry contacts are at your fingertips. Our executive search recruiters at JW Michaels work with employed job candidates often and have first-hand knowledge of the challenges that come with collecting a paycheck at your job while actively looking for another.

Employed candidates are more attractive to employers for many reasons, and industry experts recommend not quitting your job until a firm offer comes your way from a new company. In addition, there’s less pressure on you because there’s income still coming in, and you have more leverage in the negotiation process.

With that said, it’s common for job seekers to undergo the process of looking for a job while still employed. Below are some tips on how to navigate this process while maintaining productivity in your current position.

Update LinkedIn

Keep your skills, connections and employment history up-to-date on your LinkedIn profile so employers can see what you have to offer. The most important tip, however, is to turn off your notifications so your current employer can’t see you’re on the hunt for something new.

Don’t Tell Co-Workers

Keep your job search quiet. Confiding in one co-worker about your job search runs the risk of the whole office finding out. As soon as your boss knows you’re actively seeking another job, they might start actively seeking your replacement and you’re back to square one. Your best asset is your current employment.

Conduct Search Outside of Work Hours
Using company resources during your job search is a big no-no. During office hours, your focus should be the job you’re getting paid to do. Outside of work hours, you’re free to tirelessly search as much as you want. Inform your recruiter about the best hours to job search, and we can work with you to achieve your goals.

Use Previous Employers as References

The last thing you need is your employer being blindsided that you’re considering leaving the company by being contacted by a potential new employer. Use previous employers as references and notify your interviewer that you’d like to keep your job search discreet.

Bring Change of Clothes

If you have an interview scheduled for before or after work, don’t show up to the office in a suit when you usually wear casual office attire. Bring a change of clothes so that you’re not giving it away that you’re going on interviews.

Keep Doing Your Job Well

You don’t have the new job you’re eyeing yet, so continue to do your current job well. Burning bridges won’t get you very far in your desire to progress your career. Remember you’re still being paid for your time, and you want to keep a good relationship with your current employer. Don’t slack on your daily responsibilities and risk your reputation.

JW Michaels & Co. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving the specialized recruiting needs of top-tier financial services, legal, technology, and business institutions. Since our founding in 2010, we have grown to over a 120+ employees across six offices nationwide. We continue to grow because we stay true to our mission, employing the best people to find the best people. Request a consultation today.

JW Michaels & Co. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving the specialized recruiting needs of top-tier financial services, legal, technology and business institutions.

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