You’ve Sent Out Your Resume, Now What? Part 2

By: Marie Donlon

  • If your bills are mounting and you are not getting any response to your tsunami of outgoing resumes, consider temping. Not only will this help you handle some of the mounting bills, you will also likely learn new skills and expand your resume. In some instances, temp work can eventually lead to the offer of a full-time position with a company once the temp contract expires.

  • Network. While many of us hate having to make small talk and the notion of having to sell ones’ self to strangers, I am afraid this method works in terms of finding out about opportunities or just putting yourself out there…potentially gaining the notice of someone who can make hiring decisions at a company. Consider attending possible industry-specific group meetings in your area. If the idea of mingling makes you sweat, however, consider joining online groups.

  • Seek out organizations in your field and set up informational meetings about what those companies do. If nothing else, it is another opportunity to network.

  • Do not treat this time as a vacation. Consider putting in as much time into your search as you would an actual job. Although out of work, stay on a schedule as you look for jobs. Being out of work shouldn’t mean sleeping in until the early afternoon.

  • Although many don’t get the opportunity, if you sense that you might soon be out of work, start looking for a new job NOW! Send out resumes as if you were going to lose your job tomorrow. Start looking before you are unemployed.

  • Consider volunteering. Look for opportunities (maybe even in your field) to offer your services. Volunteering is a great way to pad your resume and to network.

  • Take online courses in your field to either develop a skillset that you don’t have or to improve upon one that you do. As an entry on your resume, it will look like you are willing to go the extra mile in pursuit of polishing up that skillset or learning another skill entirely.

  • Make sure to connect with friends and former coworkers by posting your resume on LinkedIn. This gets your resume out in the digital world for all to see while also giving you a chance to network with others.

  • When all else fails and you don’t hear anything at all from the thousands of resumes you have sent out, consider a change in career. Maybe the reason there hasn’t been a response is that your industry happens to be a dying one. Do your research and determine if it is an industry worth sticking with.

Career Sidekick—Why Can’t I find a Job? 16 Common Reasons

FlexJobs—What to Do When You Can’t Find a Job

Inc.—10 Things You Should Do While You’re Looking for Work

The Wallet Diet—9 Ways to Stay Sane When You’re Unemployed