It’s not you, it’s something else

March 29, 2024

If you’re job searching right now and it’s leaving you feeling like something has gone terribly wrong, it’s not you… 

I speak with smart and, accomplished professionals daily who have started an active job search that’s leaving them feeling very confused. 

For many of them, they’ve never had to actively look for a new role. 

Most of the time, they’d found roles through their network or through what we used to call “head hunters” who would reach out to them for attractive opportunities. 

These days, however, the market is in a word – challenging. 

If you’re job searching right now and it seems harder than ever, it’s not your imagination.

In addition to the mass layoffs seen over the last year, we also have close to 50% of professionals in current roles sharing they’ve started or planning to start looking for a new role this year (based on a recent LinkedIn survey of top 10 industries). 

Add in the growth of Applicant Tracking Systems, AI tools for job search and recruiting plus job search tools algorithms that aren’t always easy to figure out or even, impartia, and…

We’ve got ourselves a recipe for confusion and disappointment all around!

It’s fair to say that job search and recruiting in 2024 are challenging on both sides of the interview desk. 

So what’s a savvy mid-career job seeker to do?

The first thing is to come to terms with the fact that things have dramatically changed. 

Then it’s time to educate ourselves on what a modern, successful job search looks like. 

That’s what it takes to get hired quickly today. 

There are new strategies and tactics, and ones that have also stood the test of time. 

Learning what works today + taking consistent action through the inevitable ups and downs is what ultimately gets it done. 

I realize that’s much easier said than done. 

I also know that you need a support system to keep your sanity through it all. 

That can be a friend, spouse, family member, mentor and also a coach.

Knowledge + action + support gets it done. 

That’s the work I do with my clients to help them get hired.