Tighten Up Your Resume
If you've been staying active, chances are you've added some skills to your toolbox. Add those new skills from any side projects or groups to your resume and online profiles. Make sure that your resume reflects the keywords that recruiters and employers are searching for.
Develop Your Online Brand
Take this opportunity to sharpen your personal brand. Make sure that your brand is geared towards the positions you are applying for. This can include LinkedIn pages, Facebook's BranchOut or personal websites.
Get Back In Touch With Your Network
Good old-fashioned networking is the next step. If it's been a few months since you reached out to your online and offline network, it's time to follow-up.
Let them know about any updates to your professional development, newskillsets, or any seminars or classes you've attended. "Let them know how your search is going. We as recruiters yearn for feedback as well. If we have an opportunity to learn something new about a prospective candidate, that's always good," says Schade.
Take a Disruptive Innovation Approach
In her recent article, J.T. O'Donnell recommends relaunching your job search using a technique known as disruptive innovation. In order to use this technique you have to know what your strengths are and then market yourself to those strengths. Here are the basic points of the disruptive innovation approach:
This technique is simply a change in perspective and, according to O'Donnell, "takes us from acting desperate to acting responsible. Moreover, it not only makes us feel better, it sends a more effective message, too."
Consider Contract Work
If you've have experience in IT, chances are you could be contracting out your skills while you're searching for a full-time job. In fact, more IT workers than ever are going the independent contractor route by choice.
Use LinkedIn, Indeed.com or any of the job boards and see if there is any contract work in your area. There are also recruiters like WinterWyman, Randstad Technologies, Modis and a host of others looking for experienced IT workers to fill contracts.
Keep Moving Forward
When you've been out of work for a while everything feels daunting. You need to change your approach, but changing the way we do things doesn't come naturally to many of us. The U.S. Marine Corps has an unofficial motto that is applicable to your job search and perhaps other areas of life as well: "Improvise, adapt and overcome." If your current job search isn't working, don't be afraid to mix it up and try something different.
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