1.04.2016

Improve Your Job Search This Year

~Roberta Chinsky Matuson, Monster Contributing Writer
Improve Your Job Search This YearYou've been searching for a new job for the past six months, but you can't seem to find the right fit. With the new year, maybe it's time to throw out your old approach and try something different. Get started with these strategies.

Set Realistic Expectations 
Setting realistic career expectations is key to conducting a successful job search. If you are not seasoned in your field of choice, look for positions that will let you broaden your skills. You may not secure that management job this time, but you will be well-positioned for future opportunities.

Review Your Resume 
Your resume may not be attracting the right attention, and it could be time to spiff it up a bit. Ask someone to critique your resume, and be open to their suggestions. You can also get advice from Monster's resume section.

Reevaluate Your Approach 
Looking for a job is a full-time job in itself. If you are dedicating a few hours a week to your job search, consider stepping up your efforts.

Reevaluate Your Situation 
If you are employed and seeking greener pastures, reassess your situation. Now that you've had a chance to look around, you might decide things are not that bad where you are.

Take a Break 
It may sound simple, but sometimes what you really need is to get away from the stress of job searching. If you can afford to, give yourself permission to take a week or two off. You will be surprised how your outlook can change.

Sometimes all it takes is a little adjustment for things to click. Be open to making some changes in your job search strategy, and before you know it, you will be the one dispensing job search advice.

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