Maybe you've been looking for a while and have become discouraged. Or maybe you were distracted by holiday responsibilities and festivities. In any case, you're in dire need of some motivation.
Here are 5 ideas for re-energizing your job hunt and starting off 2017 with a bang.
1. Focus more on networking than job postings.
If there's nothing on the boards except the same old positions you've seen — and applied to — for months, it's time to look in a new direction. Consider everyone you talk with, from your neighborhood barista to old school buddies, as a potential link to an unadvertised job opening. Candidates who are personally referred have more credibility with hiring managers than unknown applicants from the job boards.
2. Widen your job target.
Think outside the box of your desired career path. Your strengths may be equally well suited to related fields where opportunities are more plentiful. What you consider a detour on your route to success just...