You have worked hard to find a great job. However, you may need to fine-tune your job hunting approach. Otherwise, you may be stuck in a job search rut that lingers long into the future.

Typically, there are signs that now may be an ideal time to adjust your job hunting approach. These include:

1. You Apply for Jobs, Even If You Are Not Qualified for Them.

Read a job description closely. Then, you may find a job description’s requirements do not match your qualifications. Yet, if you still apply for this role, you are wasting your time. This is due to the fact that a prospective employer will likely dismiss your application since you do not meet their requirements.

If you find you lack certain requirements for jobs in your field, enhance your skillset. That way, you can ensure that you’re properly equipped to meet the requirements for jobs you want moving forward.

2. You Do Not Follow the Instructions to Apply for a Job.

It can be easy to skim through a job description and send your resume and cover letter to a prospective employer. Meanwhile, this can do more harm than good if a company requests specific information as part of the application process.

Dedicate the time, energy, and resources to read a job description. Next, prepare the appropriate application materials and tailor them to the job you want to secure. You can then submit your materials and follow up with an organization to verify that it received them.

3. You Take a “Wait and See” Approach to the Job Market.

Persistence is key, particularly in today’s fierce job market. So, if you wait for a company to reach out regarding your job application, you may never hear from it. Conversely, if you are proactive, you may be able to distinguish yourself from other candidates.

When in doubt, contact a company regarding your job application. This gives you an opportunity to introduce yourself and highlight your interest in a role with the business. It ensures you can get an update on your application status, too.

4. You Submit Applications for Out-of-Town Jobs Without Explaining Why.

There may be instances in which you submit job applications for roles outside of your city or town. Ultimately, you may find companies are willing to hire remote candidates. On the other hand, many businesses want local candidates only.

If you plan to submit an application for an out-of-town job, explain why you are doing so to a prospective employer. For instance, if you plan to relocate, share your intent to do so with the organization in your cover letter. This ensures an organization will be able to count on you to join its team in person in the foreseeable future.

Enhance Your Job Hunting Approach

HCR Personnel Solutions has staffing specialists on staff who can help you improve your job hunting approach. We also put job seekers in contact with top companies in the Greater Toronto Area and Southwestern Ontario. Please contact us today to learn more.

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