Since the day you stepped onto the job marketplace, you’ve been investing everything you have in your search. You’re making sacrifices, saving your money, and exploring every possible resource. You’re also leaning on your network, and you’re making the best possible use of your online profiles. But despite the energy you’ve been pouring into the process, you’ve been searching for months and you still haven’t been offered a position you can accept.
It may be time to start troubleshooting the problem by exploring these three possibilities:
1. You’re looking for the wrong kinds of jobs.
2. You’re looking in the wrong places.
3. Your most important resource—your resume—just isn’t supporting your mission. In fact, it may even bestanding in your way .
The first problem usually takes place when you start chasing jobs because you think you can get an offer, not because these are jobs you really want. This is an easy trap that job seekers often fall into, but in the job search (as with many aspects of life), more meaningful rewards usually come with higher risk. Most employers are looking for candidates who match the position, and if you decide to aim too low, they tend to see through this and don’t always consider your high qualifications an asset.
The second problem may be the easiest one to solve: you can’t miss an opportunity if you look everywhere—literally. So expand your search to cover every single geographic area, technical skill area, and industry category that you can possibly accept.
The third problem can be tricky…but don’t worry. We’re here to help! If you’re afraid your resume might be holding you back rather than driving you forward, take a closer look at your document with these tips in mind.
Great resumes and cover letters aren’t just grammatically correct. They’re also written in a smooth, clear, and relevant way that shows a strong command of the language. When people speak with authority and experience, you can hear this in their delivery and the words they use to make their points. Generate the same confidence with your writing style—go beyond just correcting typos and misspellings.
Your resume should cover the most important reasons why you’re perfect for this job. And as a secondary goal, your resume should suggest that you’re an interesting and honest person with intelligence and judgment. If your document contains phrases and arguments that contribute nothing to this core message—like useless jargon, abstractions, and claims that apply to everyone, not just you—take them out.
Make sure employers can easily find the exact information they need. And do this by organizing your points and subheadings in a logical way that’s visually appealing and adheres to accepted business standards. Keep your summary at the top, followed by clear headings for education, experience, and extra skills.
Pitch yourself as a unique and interesting candidate, but do so while staying within accepted guidelines. Turn to the templates and formatting resources on LiveCareer to make sure you’re fitting in while also standing out.