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No matter how much effort you’re putting in your job search, there comes a time when you have to look at yourself and ask: Is this working?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your job search is to keep plugging away, assuming what you’re doing is working. If you aren’t getting any interview offers, callbacks or job offers—you probably need to re-think your job search strategy!

Perform a mid-year job search checkup on your efforts to determine what’s working, what isn’t and where your weaknesses lie. Here are some questions to ask yourself during your self-checkup:

The numbers

  • How many jobs have I applied for in the last X months?
  • How many phone interviews have I had in X months?
  • How many interviews have I had in X months?


  • Have I followed-up on any of my applications?
  • Have I followed-up after interviews?
  • Did I send a thank you card to each individual I interacted with?
  • Did I ask for feedback when I wasn’t selected for a job opportunity? What did those employers/recruiters/hiring managers say?

Tailoring your documents

  • Have I been tailoring my cover letter and resume?
  • Does my resume have an objective statement, as opposed to a professional profile? Does my professional profile tie into the job description and company values?


  • Can I improve my interviewing skills? How will I do this?
  • Is there a qualification I’m missing for my ideal job? Can I obtain this to improve my chances of landing a job?
  • Have I been leveraging my networking connections to help me land a job? If not, what’s my plan for reaching out to important contacts?
  • Have I been targeting ideal employers, or just applying for open positions? (I always recommend to “company search” as opposed to “job searching.”)

After taking a good look at your job search, brainstorm several ways to improve upon your efforts. Perhaps you recognize that you’ve been lazy about tailoring your cover letter and resume to each position—so be sure to dedicate more time to research and understanding of each organization.

Whatever the case, you need to have a clear understanding of the results thus far in your job search—and the reasoning behind those numbers—in order to improve upon those results and land a new job.

What other questions do you need to ask yourself in a mid-year job-search checkup? Do you have any specific tips or advice to add for job seekers struggling to land a new job?

This post is part of the Career Collective. Other posts this month include:


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  • http://twitter.com/ExpatCoachMegan Megan Fitzgerald

    Great post Heather!  Indeed, if we don’t know what is working and what is not, we can’t make adjustments to start getting different results or accelerate the ones we are getting. Great checklist as well!  Thanks for the great job search check up advice! Megan

  • http://twitter.com/LaurieBerenson Laurie Berenson

    Heather, these questions are excellent!  I especially like how you’ve broken them out into four categories for a very thorough assessment. Any job seeker who goes through all four sets of questions will end up with a detailed analysis of their search and how it can be improved going forward.

  • http://www.careersherpa.net careersherpa

    I always look forward to your posts!  You nailed this!  I love the questions!  It can really help to have an “accountability partner or group” reinforce these questions.  Job search is lonely, but doesn’t need to be! 

    Keep up your amazing work!  Hope to meet you one day IRL!

  • http://www.topmargin.com Gayle Howard

    Great post Heather. Full of commonsense questions for the jobseeker to gain important insights on their job search performance. Well done! 


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