5 Steps to Retool & Jumpstart Your Job Search


**I am a member of the Career Collective, a group of resume writers and career coaches. Each month, all members discuss a certain topic. This month, we are talking about Spring cleaning our careers. Please follow our tweets on Twitter #careercollective. You can also view the other member’s interesting posts at the end of the article.


Retooling your job search can be a daunting experience. You might have the feeling that you’re starting everything over from the beginning, but that’s not the case. You have tons of experience that will be valuable no matter what job you decide to take. Things like knowing how a business works, getting along with coworkers and knowing proper work habits already put you ahead of new candidates coming in. You have the advantage over workers with no experience.

So, how do you retool your resume? You have a lot of options, so before you start changing your resume try out a few other options first. One thing you can do is go back to school or get more training. But, you should do a self-assessment and see if this would actually be beneficial to you, work with a career counselor and let them help you to the right path. Look around and see what kind of options you have, don’t panic and just try to examine your situation. Then you can begin to retool your job search.

1. Start with what you enjoy

Do you have a long lost passion that you wish you had embarked on? Maybe it was teaching skiing lessons in Colorado, who knows, but just start with what you enjoy. Perhaps there’s a job related to your hobby that you would enjoy. It could be a completely different field than what you’ve ever worked in, so take a look around and don’t limit yourself. Maybe it’s time to get out there and try your luck.

2. Find a list of potential employers

There are always options out there, especially if you’re in a large city. You can find a multitude of positions that would fit your job search choice. But, try to reach out a little past your current job and find something that is different or that would excite you. Put this list together because you’re going to need it.

3. Start retooling your resume

This is definitely key. Start creating your resume to send to these potential employers, but make sure that you emphasize different aspects of your career that would be beneficial to your prospective employer. You should consider getting some help from a professional resume writer, they can take a drab old resume and create the right blend of personality and accomplishments.

4. Send out your resume to your list of employers

Starting sending that new resume out! You have to get your name out there right? So what are you waiting for, you all ready have a list of potential employers, so what’s stopping you? It’s time to get the word out about you!

5. Starting calling people back

After sending out your resume, hit the phones hard. Don’t just sit back and wait for the employer to call you, be aggressive, show them that you want this position and that you are right for it. If you’ve tooled your resume correctly towards your new career path and showed the desire to learn, then you can have the job that you want.


I encourage you to visit some of the links below for more interesting articles.

Personal Branding to Fire Up Your Job Search, @DebraWheatman

Succeeding in a “Final Jeopardy!” World, @WalterAkana

5 Steps to Retool & Jumpstart Your Job Search, @erinkennedycprw

Your Job Search: Let’s Just Start Again Shall We? @GayleHoward

Checklist for Spring Cleaning Your Job Search, @careersherpa

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Job Search, @heatherhuhman

Ten Surefire Ways to Organize Your Job Search, @KatCareerGal

Put Spring Into Your Job Search, @EliteResumes @MartinBuckland

Toes in the Water, @ValueIntoWords

How to Revitalize a Stale Job Search, @KCCareerCoach

How to re-think your job search, @Keppie_Careers

Wake Up and Smell the Flowers: Spring Cleaning Your Resume, @barbarasafani

Spring Cleaning and Your Personal Brand, @resumeservice

Spring clean your mind clutter first, @DawnBugni

Managing Your Career 2.0: On Giving Something Up To Get It Right, @Chandlee

Clean up, Chin, up, Shape up, @LaurieBerenson

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Written by Erin Kennedy, MCD, CMRW, CPRW - Visit the website to hire executive resume writer Erin Kennedy, CERW, CPRW

Erin is an internationally renowned certified resume writer specializing in professional and executive level resumes and career services.


7 Responses to “5 Steps to Retool & Jumpstart Your Job Search”
  1. Gayle Howard says:

    Excellent article Erin with good solid advice. Regarding retooling a resume, I think sometimes people are guilty of two things. They either look at the resume through their own eyes (instead of through the eyes of a decision maker) and end up filling it with irrelevant information that they feel they must reveal regardless of whether the reader cares, or they re-tool excessively as a mechanism by which they can delay the job search due to fear or uncertainty. If a resume is never done, then a job search never really gets off the ground and that can be safe and comfortable for many people. There’s a saying, “Perfect is the enemy of good enough”. The fact is, sooner or later despite constant tinkering to make a resume perfect, that resume is going to have to be seen by someone so better now, than later!

  2. Dawn Bugni says:

    Erin –

    Too frequently we define what we can do by job titles and career history. It’s difficult to “step outside” ourselves and lose the luggage of monikers and where we’ve been to see what else we can be. That type of introspection is not easy or effortless, but so worth the investment. It propels us to the next big thing. You’ve shared marvelous means to start and execute the process. Thank you.

  3. FinallyFast says:

    I think a lot of today’s unemployed, especially of the older variety, need tech advice more than resume advice. While retooling your resume, putting together a list of potential employers, and getting some additional education are all great job search recommendations, I would say look at your online presence before you do any of those things. Do you have a Linkin Profile? A Website? A blog? If you answered no to any of those, you might be getting passed over due to your lack of tech savvy. Consider adding all of the above to your job search arsenal and see where thinks go!

  4. Great article Erin with good points. I think people are guilty of two things. They either look at the resume through their own eyes (instead of through the eyes of a decision maker) and end up filling it with irrelevant information that they feel they must reveal regardless of whether the reader cares, or they re-tool excessively as a mechanism by which they can delay the job search due to fear or uncertainty.
    It is not easy to find a job nowadays but if you search hard it it possible.

  5. Leo Jackoby says:

    Excellent article, explained to the point and I think everyone should have more plans and react as per the situation. He needs to create strategy as per mentioned in this article and implement it in his career. Really it is beneficial for everyone freshers as well as for the experienced person.


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