I saw a post earlier this week on LinkedIn where a frustrated jobseeker stated he applied to 150+ positions, and has received 0 calls for an interview. He went on to reassure the reader that his resume is “just fine,” and that the issue was the “network” of hiring managers and recruiters that were overlooking him simply because he wasn’t part of said network.
This post illustrates 2 VERY important lessons for jobseekers:
1. Know the hiring process.
It is crucial that you know how all this works, starting with your resume. The purpose of your resume is not to list all duties and responsibilities from every employer, ever. The true purpose of a resume is to get you an interview by communicating your qualifications and value to potential employers. For each opportunity, you should be tailoring your resume accordingly.
If you are not generating any interviews, you should know the process well enough to understand that your resume needs to be reworked. Even if you think it’s good. It’s not doing its job, and that needs to be addressed. Get another set of eyes on it and ask for feedback. I may be partial here, but hire a resume writer and leverage their expertise. Whatever you need to do; if your resume isn’t pulling its weight, it’s useless to you.
2. Networking is critical.
To say you are not being hired because you are not plugged into a network is probably partially true. The reaction you should have to this realization is to start getting plugged into those networks, and others. Networking can open doors that you don’t even know are there. You can find out about unlisted job opportunities, get the inside scoop about company cultures, build relationships with like-minded professionals, stay current in your industry, and become a known quantity to hiring managers and recruiters. If you are a job-seeker and are not networking…what are you waiting for.
Understanding the process and networking are just 2 of the critical elements of any job hunt. If what you are doing is not working, you have to change it up. Know the process so you can troubleshoot it, and reach out in other areas to make quality networking connections. Refusing to change your approach is not going to get you hired.
The reality of our frustrated job-seeker in this case is: It’s not you…. It really is me.