John had been sending resumes to companies for weeks
And hearing nothing back.
This was weird because he was more than qualified for most jobs
Still, no one was getting back to him.
This had never happened to him before
Because he never had to apply for a job
He’s always just sort of found something through a friend or a
When he called me, he was perplexed; wondered what he was doing
He was sending generic resumes to specific jobs
He was applying online without talking to humans
He sent the same resume to multiple jobs in the same company
Each time he sent his resume, he’d do nothing but wait.
And in return, nothing happened.
Here are three simple suggestions to help John get his job search off
📢 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤.
Use current and expired job posters to learn what they look for in a candidate.
Read their job posters thoroughly. (This cannot be said enough).
Take what you learn and update your resume to align with the
📢 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭.
What companies are hiring?
What companies are downsizing?
Who do you know, who knows someone at your target company?
Can you get an introduction?
📢 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤.
Connect with professional associations in your industry.
Talk to the people in your industry to learn what positions might
Talking to human resources (HR) is fine. However, talking to people
who may one day work on your team – in some cases, is better.
Each time you speak to someone, ask them who they should speak
to next, then ask for an introduction to that person.
John was thrilled to hear these simple tips because it meant he
wasn’t being rejected; he simply didn’t have the right plan in place.
He went from thinking there was something wrong with him
to realizing there was something wrong with his job search strategy.
And he could easily remedy that now that he had a plan.
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About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.