Five Ways to Keep Your Job Search Progressing Despite A Shifting Market

Jessica H. Hernandez
7 min readAug 9, 2022

According to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and a recent survey by Employ, the dynamic between employers and candidates is starting to balance itself back out. That means it’s less of a candidate-driven market, but all the cards aren’t in the employer’s hands. How do we know this?

SHRM shared in a recent article, “The way that change manifests is in the longer time it takes for candidates to hear back from recruiters, the more time spent not knowing where they are in the process, getting ghosted by employers more often, and the decline of job postings.”

Is it taking longer to hear from recruiters or interviewers? Do you see fewer openings? If so, there is no need to worry about how this will affect your search. Here are five ways to keep your job search progressing.

Adopt A Proactive Job Search Strategy

Too many job seekers are passive in their search. You can’t employ a wait-and-see method. If you want to make progress, you’ll need to take action.

Utilize a target list

First, if you haven’t already created a target employer list, now is the time. Include at least 10–20 companies, but even better if you include 30–40; this gives you more flexibility in your search.

Next, make contact with every target company from your list. Follow them on LinkedIn, see what connections you have in common, and work to connect with at least 3–5 employees of each organization. Five employees at 30 companies mean 150 new relationships to build on LinkedIn. Now, you have a lot of possibilities. Odds are you’re connected with employees at some of your target organizations.

After making a new connection, you must consistently engage with your contacts. By engaging with them, I mean supporting their posts on LinkedIn by commenting on them and adding your thoughts, advice, opinions, and perspective. Engaging gets your name in front of them and helps position you as a subject matter expert; you take the first step by supporting…



Jessica H. Hernandez

A nationally recognized and award-winning executive resume writer, Jessica H. Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast.