Let’s close up with two bits of wisdom you have for job seekers and/or career changers.
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got!” Poor grammar I know, but the message rings true. The same actions you took in previous job markets will not work today. It’s a different world out there with many more people vying for the same jobs. You must stand out by going the extra mile, be persistent, and professional. Challenge yourself and see what happens.
“Oh yes you can!” Life is filled with transitions, both voluntary and involuntary. You undoubtedly have faced changes in the past, some more dramatic than others. Think about how you approached a significant change, how you overcame it and what you learned from it. If you could make it through that, you can surely make it through this job search. New beginnings are always just around the next corner.