You are not alone in this. Recruiters are often told by candidates that they "just need a job" offering to "do any role" and that sound of desperation makes recruiters nervous. Although it's natural to feel like this or feel that you are in a rut, it is important to keep picking yourself up and keep going. ALTHOUGH, in saying that, there is a couple of sayings that come to mind:
"if you keep doing the same thing, you will get the same result". Another is:
"the sign of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result".
I'm not sure where these sayings came from, but there is an element of truth to them both.
- With this in mind there are things you can to do differently.
- Project a positive image of yourself to others
- Look at doing some volunteer work to keep you active and to meet new people
- Network at every opportunity, let people know you are looking and for what
- Look at part-time or contract roles – these can often lead to other things and if not,
at least it is an income and can help give you a sense of purpose
- Check your CV, asking for assistance to ensure you are presenting yourself in the best light
- Revisit what you are applying for, and try to become very focused on the role you desire
rather than taking a "blanket" approach
- Ask yourself honestly "Do I need to re-train to secure the role you want"?
- Approach companies that are not necessarily advertising but are in the industry you wish to be in. Ring and get the name of the person who is responsible for the area you wish to work.
- Send a letter of introduction to that person marking it private and confidential, that way you avoid the gatekeepers and are targeting your search to the right people.