job search

The longer you search fruitlessly for work, the easier it becomes to get discourages. It’s disheartening to send out resumes and never hear back from potential employers, and sometimes, you’ll land interviews that don’t result in offers. It’s par for the course, but it can take the wind out of your sails. When you’re stuck in a rut, Rhonda Bronson writes in a great post for Aol Jobs, the key is to “constantly do something new that refreshes not only your outlook on the world, but gives you a fresh look when the world looks back at you.”

Read on to get Bronson’s “7 Tips to Refresh Your Job Search.” Good luck!

1. Write Some Stories — No, not fictional stories. We’re not talking Harry Potter here. Create some stories that illustrate the high points of your past work experience. One Bronson suggests: “The Time I Helped My Employer Make a Difference in The Community.” Community service is certainly a good place to start, but you can also write about projects you nailed or events that illustrate your team spirit. The goal is having things you can talk about on interviews.

2. Craft Some Summaries — First, rewrite the summary at the top of your LinkedIn page; then, pen a shorter one for the top of your resume that’s posted on that site. “It’s the first thing people read when they go to your profile and tells them what you want them to know about you as a person and professional without waiting for them to discover it in the job details,” Bronson writes of the former.

3. Gather Recommendations — Again, LinkedIn is a great resource. Potential employers love to log on and see that you’re loaded up with endorsements.

4. Stay Inspired — People accomplish this one in different ways, but basically, you’re looking for quotes — or maybe even entire books — that move you and give you the will to keep going. Keep telling yourself that you’re great, and maybe, you’ll start to believe it.

5. Edit, Edit, Edit — Brevity is a beautiful thing. As Bronson writes, the author Stephen King tells writers to edit themselves by 20 words, and that’s a good ratio to use when trimming your resume. Open the sucker up, click “word count” and try to shorten the document by 20 percent. Less is more.

6. Treat the Job Search Like a Job — Don’t roll out of bed at noon and start looking for work at 1PM. Get up early, shower, brush your hair, and put on some decent clothes. Looking for work is serious business, and if you treat it as such, you’ll be more likely to succeed.

7. Create an Organized Workspace — This goes along with No. 6. As you look for work, create a neat work environment where everything you need is close by. “Make your desk work for you so that lists, stories (# 1 above), and other helpful aids are easily at hand, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a phone interview,” Bronson writes.