5 Tips for Acing the Job Search

Finding the right job may feel like searching for a needle in a haystack sometimes. There are thousands of jobs out there, but finding ones that fit your experience, qualifications, and skills can be a challenge. If you feel like you keep coming up with nothing, try some of these tips for making the job search work for you.  

5 Tips for Acing the Job Search

June 19, 2017

Feeling frustrated by the job search and not sure what to do? Here are 5 tips to help you refresh your job hunt to find results!

Finding the right job may feel like searching for a needle in a haystack sometimes. There are thousands of jobs out there, but finding ones that fit your experience, qualifications, and skills can be a challenge. If you feel like you keep coming up short, try some of these tips for making the job search work for you.

  1. Expand your search
    Have you been using the same job search terms over and over? This may be hindering your results. Try broadening or narrowing your search terms to see what other options there may be within your field. Using synonyms or variations of job titles may also yield better results if you’re stuck using the same searches over and over.
  1. Utilize your network
    No matter what industry you work in, you probably have some colleagues, friends, or family involved in your field of work. Reach out to these people, and let them know you are currently looking for a position. Be sure to give them enough details so they can make the best recommendations for you. Utilizing a site like LinkedIn can also help open doors; keep an eye on your newsfeed for job postings and use their job database.
  1. Make a list of businesses
    Feeling burnt out on Monster, Indeed, and CareerBuilder? Take some time to think about what businesses, both local and national, you would want to work for. Make a list of your top 10, and visit their websites to search for a job openings page. You may find a job perfect for you, and you’ll get the added bonus of working for a company you already admire or are familiar with.
  1. Re-assess the situation
    Putting in resume after resume and not getting any responses? You may need to take a step back and look at the big picture. Are you applying for jobs you are not qualified for? Jobs that you’re over qualified for? Could your cover letter use some polishing? If you’re pounding the pavement and not getting any results, it may be time to make some changes to your search strategy or application materials. Ask a friend to review your resume/cover letter or look into using a staffing center for help.
  1. Get some inspiration
    If you’re struggling with your resume or can’t seem to find the words for a dynamite cover letter, find some inspiration! Look at the websites, blogs, or profiles of people you admire or leaders in your field to get your gears turning again. Find resume or cover letter examples; then get to work making some edits and adjustments.



The job search can be exhausting, but taking some time to re-assess your situation and making some changes can make all of the difference. Use your resources and stay positive; you may be surprised by what opportunities you find right around the corner.

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