Psst, Jobseeker: YOUR RESUME MIGHT NOT BE THE PROBLEM!
Are you driving yourself insane wondering what is wrong with your resume because the employers you’d like to work for are not ‘knocking at your door’?
Are you tired of reading DIY articles and rewriting your resume and nothing has changed?
Have you ever considered that perhaps there is another problem? Hmm…
STRAIGHT TALK (AND HELP) FROM A CERTIFIED MASTER RESUME WRITER
CONFESSION – Yes, resumes play a very critical part in your job search success. When a resume is compelling, polished, keyword laden, and unique, it will attract the attention of hiring authorities. However, in order to attract the RIGHT interview, your resume needs to promote the RIGHT marketing message—BUT if you don’t have the RIGHT experience and/or qualifications—no matter how pretty or sophisticated your resume is—it will not be sorted into the ‘YES’ pile.
TIME TO TAKE AN HONEST ASSESSMENT OF YOUR QUALIFICATIONS
Don’t shoot the messenger. I am here to help you! First, perform your gap analysis. What is that? Glad you asked.
You see, the cause to why you may not be attracting the opportunities you seek could be one of the following:
- You are not qualified yet to make that leap (but you can evolve and become ready).
- You have not identified and promoted the game-changing skills that will help you achieve your dream job.
- You are not crystal clear or intentional about where you are heading.
How to Take a STRATEGIC Leap in Your CAREER
The gap analysis technique is a highly effective way to carve a successful path toward your new career. Here is the ACTION you need to undertake:
- Be honest with yourself because if you don’t have the necessary skills or experience to attract your dream job right now, you can inventory the qualifications and begin to close that gap.
- Share your weakness with your resume writer so that you both have a clear view of how close to your dream job the resume can take you.
- Begin at the beginning. If this is a career transition and perhaps the first time you will ever hold that position you are pursuing, then target smaller companies and startups. These corporations may have a narrower talent pool to draw from and may be in a better position to leverage your diverse experience.
- Network, network, and network. Inch closer to professionals in the type of roles you are targeting. If they cannot help you with a job lead, then maybe they can help you procure an informational interview.
Remember that you are trying to bridge that gap and so every little step FORWARD is a win! Here’s to your success!