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The job search process is a tough one. While much of it can be unpredictable and a matter of timing or other circumstances, you have more control than you may think. Approach your job search tactics as experiments, meaning that you should pay close attention to your methods and the outcomes to determine what works and what doesn’t. Learn how to go about taking the steps to evaluate your job search efforts with these tips:

Set Goals

To be successful in your job search, have a plan to keep you consistent and give you a way to measure your results. Think about what you want to accomplish in your job search, and then set small, measurable steps to get you there. For instance, if your goal is to network more to make yourself more visible for job leads, you could decide to reach out to two new people a week and ask them to meet for coffee.

Track Your Efforts

Not achieving your desired outcome is a sign that the efforts you’ve been taking aren’t working. There’s nothing wrong with a few missteps – the error lies in repeating the same behavior, even when it hasn’t been effective. To make an informed decision on what you may need to change in your job search, track your efforts. This may include how long you spend each week on job searching and what steps you take. Once you view the overall picture, you can determine any imbalances or areas that could be improved.

Evaluate Your Previous Results

When taking an honest look at your job search, it can be helpful to look for patterns in each of your attempts. You may not need a complete overhaul, but rather a few concentrated tweaks. For example, do you rarely get past the application portion? Then perhaps your time is best spent revamping your resume. Or do you get to the first interview, but no further? Then you can assume your cover letter/resume is sufficient, but you could stand to prepare more for interviews.

Switch Tactics

If you have standby tactics for your job search, such as mainly checking the same online job boards or sending out the same basic cover letter, then experiment and try something new. Pick just a few quality job prospects instead of trying to apply for as many jobs as possible each day. Try out a staffing firm instead of general job sites. Consider temporary jobs instead of only looking for permanent, or put a more personal touch on your cover letters. Just keep trying tactics until you find ones that work for you.

Struggling in your job search is often due to simply not being exposed to the right opportunities. Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions can help you find the positions you’re looking for in the Hudson Valley area. Whether you’re after permanent executive, administrative, or technical positions, or temporary or temp-to-hire, Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions can be a resource in your job search. Search jobs online to see what opportunities are available.