How to Restart a Stalled Job Search
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
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
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
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:
- Create a breakout strategy -- people give up because they keep
doing the same thing in the same way, with same discouraging
- Revisit the basics to see what isn't working for you -- revise
your resume and rethink your career goals and targets.
- Widen your search parameters to include other positions --
think about how to use your skills in different ways.
- Explore a career change -- research the job market to see
what areas best fit your talents and needs and where you might
be able to use your skills.
- Don't become isolated -- find or create a community that will
support you in achieving your job search goals.
"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
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