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How to Overcome the Biggest Challenges in Today's Job Search Process from a Job Search Strategist

As a seasoned career coach who has helped hundreds or professionals advance in their careers and as a former Talent Aquisition professional myself, there are things I am noticing in today's job market and job search process that are making it more difficult for job seekers to get noticed and get ahead.


Although there are many times in my business that I wish I can change what I am about to share, my main objective and responsibility is to ensure my clients are as prepared as possible for the realities of the job search journey that lies ahead.


Below is a list of what I have been seeing particularly over the past 6 months and my best advice!


The job search process is taking longer - an average of 4-6 months for someone who is currently employed and even longer for unemployed professionals.

Solution: Have a clear goal and a comprehensive job search strategy to get you there, which involves a combination of activities such as networking, applying, customizing documents, engaging on LinkedIn, planting seeds with companies even if there is not a position available, and improving skills through learning. Set the right expectations for yourself. If you are feeling like it could be time to explore opportunities elsewhere, take time to gain clarity on what you want, as it will help make your search much more effective. Finally, networking, fostering relationships, asking for help and support from friends and colleagues is still a highly effective strategy to accelerate results and find workarounds.


Finding the right job is harder on job boards! Companies are creating their own job titles and plugging in a keywork, or title doesn’t always generate results that match what you are looking for.

Solution: Use the Boolean Search Method (I recommend Google). Go to google and in the search bar type Jobs ("keyword" and " keyword " and "keyword ")


Ghosting is sadly a part of this process and seems to be the norm (I totally disagree with this and think it is unacceptable). Whether it's following up on a job application, introducing yourself to someone at a company, getting feedback after an interview, or simply receiving a rejection email to know where you stand.

Solution: Feel your feelings, but try not to take things too personally. This is truly why the development of the right mindset and increasing confidence is the foundation of the work I do. There could be many reasons why you are not hearing back that could have nothing to do with you. Additionally, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Even if you are in an interview process, keep applying and trust that the universe has the right job in store for you, no matter what.


Job seekers need to do more than they have in the past to stand out and make the best first impression.

Solution: All job seekers should not only have an ATS-safe resume but also a cover letter and a polished LinkedIn profile. I also encourage having a professional headshot and dedicating time to engaging with others' content and creating your own content.


General "open to anything" style resumes will not cut it.

Solution: Job seekers must know what they want, why they are the best fit, and spend time tailoring their resume and cover letter to align as best as possible with the job they are applying for (I know it is a pain!).


The average interview process consists of 3 interviews, but for higher-paying, competitive roles, job seekers are often forced to go through many more rounds and may even need to do a project or presentation as part of the interview/evaluation process.

Solution: Trust your gut. Remember that you are interviewing this company just as much as they are interviewing you. If there is something you are not comfortable with, it is an indicator that you may not be comfortable working for the company. Also, don't stop applying to jobs even if you are interviewing.


Despite the challenges listed above, so many of my clients are prevailing due to their level of commitment, persistence, and continuous management of their minds.


Do you deeply desire a new job that aligns with your career goals and desired lifestyle but you don't know where to begin or start making traction? If so, I would love to schedule a consultation to learn more about where you are, where you would like to be, and how I can help get you there! Book a call with me by visiting calendly.com/amandaportillo/chat



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