9 Smart Moves to Make When Nothing’s Going Right in Your Job Search

Your job search is dragging on—and on—and nothing seems to be clicking. You’re sending out a massive number of applications, and no one is calling you in for an interview. Or you’re landing a ton of interviews, but you’re never getting an offer.

It’s disheartening, and you may be tempted to give up, because what you’re doing just isn’t working. But instead of throwing in the towel, check out these nine tips to shake up your routine: They could just make the difference.

1. Go Back to the Drawing Board

In her article How to Apply for Fewer Jobs (But Land More Interviews), Muse Writer Kristen Walker shares the “‘nine-out-of-10’ rule.” The idea is that you only apply to jobs that you like enough to rank as a nine, on a 10-point scale.

This way, you can redirect the energy you’re spending applying to positions you’re only slightly interested toward ones you really want. It’ll give you more time to research companies, tailor applications, and prepare and follow-up during each stage of the process. This should eliminate the feeling of futility that your resumes are going nowhere.

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