Behavior Changes Can Help a Stalled Job Search

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  1. Jason Lang says:

    “If you are currently guilty of spending more time justifying why you can’t find a job, than the time you could take to work on a new angle, perhaps you need some help getting unstuck.”

    This is me.

    I moved to Sacramento last June, and since then, have found plenty of job _listings_, applied for them, and not heard a word. Dozens of jobs that were posted, I’m well qualified for, and yet, I don’t even get a rejection letter.

    I’ve reached out to the community. One of the first things I did when moving here was to research some of the firms in the area. I fired off an email to all of them, saying “hey, I’m new to the area, want some advice on what’s happening and where to go around there, and just any advice in general.” and got ZERO responses.

    I’ve gone to “networking” events. They are full of people who are in my particular boat, and very rarely have anyone who is capable of doing anything about it.

    I’ve gone through LinkedIn, stalked people who looked interesting there. Asked for help and advice from the various groups.

    …and yet. Here I am. Nearly a year later. Plenty of applications out. Not a single lead. I’ve talked with people. I’ve followed advice. And I’m still back to the same old “check job listings in the morning.” routine.

  2. Hi Jason,
    There is a key element is missing in this approach. In each instance, you have asked strangers for help. The first order of business would be to try the same events and show an interest in others without asking for something in return. Developing a relationship with a trusted few will typically fuel more favorable responses to your requests for help, later. On June 4 I’ll be delivering a webinar on Strategic Networking. It addresses how to adjust the approach you described, learn about opportunities before they are posted and highly competitive, and most importantly, how to develop relationships. (I’ll send info to you with details)

  3. wendy says:

    I would like information on the June 4 webinar as well. thanks.

  4. Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for writing. I’ve sent you information via direct email.