Get your resume into good order. Decide on the best search strategy for you. Become knowledgeable about all the search tactics that can support your strategy and learn how to execute them properly.
Every day I hear from people who have been out of work for a while, sometimes years. What went wrong with their search? Is it really just them? Or could it be what they did to prepare or how they conducted their search? Or could it be their resume and/or cover letter that are holding them back.
I also hear from people who are currently employed but want to make a change. Sometimes the last time they searched was 20 years ago. And they feel they can do what they used to do to find a new job without any professional help.
And I hear from new college grads with great aspirations and little or no work experience struggling to find non-sales jobs.
The world of job searching is constantly evolving. There are contemporary ways to write a resume, much different from the past. If you get advice from people who don’t understand that you will probably wind up with an ‘old’ style resume and rejection!
The electronic age has changed everything and it has been exasperated by the economy and unemployment: there is new search technology, hiring process technology, contemporary resume formats, greater competition for fewer jobs, and how people review your documents is much different than in the past. Differentiation is more important today than ever before.
Professional help is not a luxury, it is a necessity. The cost of not getting help early pales by comparison to the time and money you lose by not doing it right the first time. If you are not in tune with the present regarding job search strategy, tactics, marketing, and collateral document preparation, how can you expect to compete? The message is clear: you cannot. The conclusion is also clear: get professional help.