How to Restart a Stalled Job Search

by CareerJournal.com

Of the nearly nine million people without jobs in the U.S., almost half a million of them were so discouraged that they stopped looking for work over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many of the unemployed are talented, hardworking people with college and advanced degrees, strong technical qualifications and managerial skills, says CareerJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's executive career site. They have become so demoralized by searches that stretch on for months, disappointing offers or outright rejections that they are leaving the job market altogether.

"During this stressful and challenging time, professionals must learn to think more creatively about how they approach the job market and to be more resourceful and resilient," said Tony Lee, editor in chief of CareerJournal.com. "Steadily sending out resumes and cover letters that fall into the hands of indifferent recruiters, making phone calls that seldom get returned, and begging for jobs you didn't even want can be extremely demoralizing."

To restart your job search, CareerJournal.com advises that job seekers take the time and initiative to evaluate their needs and develop the proper attitudes, strategies and support systems to sustain them for the long haul.

"There doesn't seem to be a brighter job outlook in the near future," said Mr. Lee. "Conducting a successful search in this economy takes time, patience, creativity and resilience."

To restart the job search, CareerJournal.com suggests you: "The most important things to remember in restarting your stalled job search are to stay positive and continually network," notes Mr. Lee. "Even in a poor hiring market, professionals are finding good jobs."


CareerJournal.com features more than 30,000 jobs and 2,500 articles on all aspects of job hunting and career management. CareerJournal.com also features salary data, negotiating tips, popular columns from The Wall Street Journal, and exclusive content from its own dedicated news staff. The site was recently awarded a gold star and named Best Executive Career Site by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, received a Best of the Web award from Forbes magazine and was selected Best Site by CareerXRoads in their 2002 Directory.