Updated: Mar 4, 2021
What are job-hunters experiencing in the Covid-19-affected job market? What are effective strategies for overcoming the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of securing employment?
If you’re reading this, you have likely applied to what feels like a zillion jobs by now, right? You may be asking yourself, “what am I doing wrong?” “Not even an interview— what’s going on?” At this point, frustration has set in and you are beyond accepting the truths we all realize are self-evident, as the cause for the stall in your forward movement.
If you’ve cited reasons like the ones below for the difficulty you’re experiencing while job-hunting:
We’re living in unprecedented times
It’s an employer’s job market, the competition is stiff
I get no callbacks because I don’t have 10+ years of experience
You’re not totally wrong however, you are missing a crucial piece of it all—an effective resume.
An effective resume can and will place you at the top of the candidate list. It presents your professional story accurately, succinctly, attractively and signals a direct connection to what the employer needs.
Take a breath. Yes, we know...
"It’s not a simple task. With the added stress and demand we've all taken on [thanks to Covid-19], it’s one that is worth investing in."
Portia Gresham, Senior Executive Consultant at Write4Growth
1. Consider your strategy. What steps have you taken to create the best odds for securing the job?
If your strategy for job searching focuses solely on:
Routinely applying to positions on Indeed.com that are at, above, or below your qualification level
Posting your resume on every job board
Calling, emailing, and writing to HR contacts listed on the job posts, or connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn with the hope that you will somehow distinguish yourself
It’s time to take it a step further.
All of these approaches are great, but you have to consider what you're exchanging in each of these interactions. Are you showing off your awesome communication skills, professionalism, determination, and punctuality? Absolutely! But remember, recruiters and HR representatives need something they can take to the bank. Interactions with these professionals are made with the hope of a transaction in the future: applicant-to-candidate-to employee.
So, what can we conclude? Well, time is both opportunity and money. Your time as well as every opportunity you pursue is important and should be maximized for the best outcome.
2. Strategize & Level-up: Invest in a professionally written resume.
Remember, “an effective resume can and will place you at the top of the candidate list. It presents your professional story accurately, succinctly, attractively and signals a direct connection to what the employer needs.” This is what it’s all about, folks.
Consider the extras!
Confidence and peace of mind knowing that an item on your to-do list is completed expertly and conscientiously by a professional
Freed mental space and the ability to advance other goals strategically
More time with family, friends, etc. and doing anything else that gives you a sense of balance and enjoyment
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