Three Ways to Audit Your Job Search

Okay, let’s say you’ve started to pound the pavement and you’re not seeing a lot of progress in terms of landing interviews.

According to a piece on CareerBuilder, it may be time for a job search audit. That is, enlisting a friend to help you objectively and tell you the truth no matter how hard it stings.

1. Talk about the most three opportunities you pursued. If your friend works in your industry, all the better.

Overall, your “auditor” should be familiar with your career and where you are with your search. How are you finding out about new opportunities? Are you pursuing them by applying online or reaching out to your network? How are you helping others within your network as well?

2. Review your resume and cover letter. Go ahead and send it for the audit. Your friend should look at it with an objective eye and remember that recruiters quickly scan it. Overall, does it match opportunities you’ve been pursuing? It’s not uncommon to switch mediums within media itself (let’s say from print to online) so do your skills align to the job description? Are they in sync with the new opportunity.

3. Your interview performance. The piece refers to it as an “interview performance” instead of a simple interview and we couldn’t agree more. You need to appear enthusiastic and eager (but not too eager, that wreaks of desperation, ah the fine line of job hunting). Talk about your recent job interviews and how you answered specific questions. Does your friend think you made a positive, neutral or negative impression? Why not conduct a mock interview so your friend can portray a hiring manager?

Overall, the key to a successful audit is learning from it. How may you tweak your search going forward? How can you change your mental approach and/or ways to search for opportunities? Does your resume need an overhaul? How about your personal appearance and interview jargon?

Develop an action plan based on feedback and enlist your auditor yet again to keep you accountable. Ask him or her to periodically check in on you perhaps at two week intervals for a progress report.