1,000 Resumes and a Spotty Job History


Terita writes:
I have a spotty career history. My chosen major in college was public relations
and after two positions in the field I realize that this is NOT what I want to do.
I have spent the past 10 months looking for a job and I have 4 calls and two
interviews to show for it. Needless to say I am desperate to find out what it is
that I am doing wrong and why I can’t even seem to get an interview. I have
sent out over 1000 resumes since then.



The Career Doctor responds:
First let me say how sorry I am that you have not been able to find your career niche;
I know it can be a frustrating time especially when coupled with job-search struggles.
And as you have so unfortunately learned the shotgun approach to job-hunting — sending volumes of resumes to an unfocused group of employers — almost never leads to any kind
of job-search success.
So you know what you don’t want to do but what is it you DO want to do? If you don’t have
the answer you need to stop everything and first find some acceptable job and career paths.
Do some self-assessment. Work with the career services professionals from your alma mater.
Finally you need to learn how to find a job. It’s a lot harder than mailing out lots of resumes
but the returns are much greater. You’ll want to build and use your network of contacts
you’ll want to go after the hidden job market and you’ll need to be more focused on the jobs
you want — and the process you use to find them and go after them. Go to QuintCareers.com
to get more details about job-hunting methods.
I especially recommend you read my article 15
Myths and Misconceptions About Job-Hunting
as well as another great article written by my partner
Katharine Hansen: Ten Questions to Ask
Yourself if You Still Haven’t Found a Job
. Both articles are published on Quintessential Careers.

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Terita writes:
I have a spotty career history. My chosen major in college was public relations
and after two positions in the field I realize that this is NOT what I want to do.
I have spent the past 10 months looking for a job and I have 4 calls and two
interviews to show for it. Needless to say I am desperate to find out what it is
that I am doing wrong and why I can’t even seem to get an interview. I have
sent out over 1000 resumes since then.



The Career Doctor responds:
First let me say how sorry I am that you have not been able to find your career niche;
I know it can be a frustrating time especially when coupled with job-search struggles.
And as you have so unfortunately learned the shotgun approach to job-hunting — sending volumes of resumes to an unfocused group of employers — almost never leads to any kind
of job-search success.
So you know what you don’t want to do but what is it you DO want to do? If you don’t have
the answer you need to stop everything and first find some acceptable job and career paths.
Do some self-assessment. Work with the career services professionals from your alma mater.
Finally you need to learn how to find a job. It’s a lot harder than mailing out lots of resumes
but the returns are much greater. You’ll want to build and use your network of contacts
you’ll want to go after the hidden job market and you’ll need to be more focused on the jobs
you want — and the process you use to find them and go after them. Go to QuintCareers.com
to get more details about job-hunting methods.
I especially recommend you read my article 15
Myths and Misconceptions About Job-Hunting
as well as another great article written by my partner
Katharine Hansen: Ten Questions to Ask
Yourself if You Still Haven’t Found a Job
. Both articles are published on Quintessential Careers.