I have recently moved to New York City. I have 4 solid years of Web development/programming and design experience. I have also worked 2 years out of the 4 years as a web-development consultant. On top of my experiences and skills I am still pursuing my first bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.
For some reason I am experiencing difficulties in finding a job in New York. I have been
sending resumes for more than a month now and generated only one interview but another candidate was selected. I was wondering if this is because I don’t have my degree yet or is it my resume? How long does it usually take on average for someone to hear from companies?
Please help me. I would really appreciate any suggestions you can give me on how to get interviews with companies.
The Career Doctor responds:
Job-hunting is all about marketing and selling — and being more aggressive in hunting down job opportunities than other job-seekers. One of your biggest problems is a common one among job-seekers — applying for jobs and then sitting back waiting for the phone to ring. And as you have discovered job-hunting just does not work that way. You need to get on the phone (or via email if you applied for jobs using email) and call every company you have not heard from and see what the status of your application is — and ask for interviews where appropriate.
I don’t know what method you are using to find job leads but if you are relying only on job ads — either job postings on Web sites or in help wanted ads in New York area newspapers — you need to move your job search up quite a few gears. Have you joined any professional or social organizations since you moved to New York? Do you have friends or family in New York? I ask because networking is the best method to find strong job leads.
Learn more about networking by going to Quintessential Careers: The Art of Networking.
Don’t get discouraged but don’t sit at home waiting for a phone call. Pound the pavement. Make your own opportunities.
Finally one other great source for understanding the importance of marketing in job-hunting is my article: Using Key Marketing Tools to Position Yourself on the Job Market.