A Cure for No Interview Blues

A Cure for No Interview BluesWe often talk about acing interviews.

And that’s because it’s an important topic, for sure.

But for many folks, the most challenging part of finding a job, at least for them right now, is actually landing the interview in the first place.

People often tell me they’ve got a lot of resumes floating around out there, but nobody’s calling.

Have you experienced this too?

If you’ve been applying, but the phone isn’t ringing, then let’s see if we can figure out what’s going on here.

Let's start with a couple questions                                                                                                           

Have you clearly defined the job you want – in written detail?                                                                     

Have you sent out a lot of resumes, and continue to do so regularly, but still haven’t experienced great results?

Here’s what your answers reveal:

If you haven’t clearly defined the job you really want before searching, then it’s always going to be challenging to find.

In other words, without a clear target, it’s tough to know where to aim.

That’s why so many folks take the “shotgun approach” – looking all over the place and sending out resumes willy-nilly to just about any reasonable looking job opportunity.

Besides being messy, scattered, and time-consuming, trying to find your dream job that way is a sure-fire formula for burnout.

Like the old saying says:

“Chase several rabbits at once, and you’ll catch none.”

But when you're struggling to land interviews, it sure is tempting to just push harder and apply for more and more jobs.

Because applying for lots of opportunities is a good thing, right?

Not unless the opportunities actually match what you really want. Otherwise, it’s time to pause for a moment and get crystal clear about what you really want so you can answer question one with a resounding “YES!”

Do that first, and your job search immediately becomes much more focused and far less stressful.

For many, it’s the cure for the “interview blues”.

Now, at first blush, it might seem like narrowing your focus would shrink the number of jobs available to you.

But that's not really the case.

Think about going to eat out. There are "we-serve-anything" restaurants, and there are spots for steak, seafood, or Thai food. Where do you see the more successful, busy restaurants?

In fact, as counterintuitive as it might seem, focusing on a specific kind of job actually expands your potential opportunities – provided you know how to tap into the pool of "hidden" job opportunities that we’ll be opening up about later this week.

If you want to land your dream job, then developing clarity about what kind of job would make you excited to get out of bed every morning is a must.

It’s so crucial, that it’s always the very first thing we do with all new Dream Job Formula members.

After you've developed that certainty, the game of finding your dream job becomes a lot smoother, a lot less stressful, and a lot more fun.

I suggest giving some thought to what kind of job you’d really like.

Dream a little.

Ask yourself, “What kind of job, precisely, would I really love? What would make my heart soar like a hawk? What does my dream job look like?”

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.