You have applied for several jobs. You are either not hearing a thing back, OR you have landed a few interviews and still not landed the job. Perhaps you are beginning to think that there is something wrong with you. STOP!
Every person has skills and abilities, every employer needs to hire folks that meet their needs. Remember that it is simply a matter of matching skills and abilities with needs. This takes time. You are going to experience many “No’s” before that final “YES” comes along. You must mentally prepare yourself for that.
Instead of thinking, “I will never get hired in my field,” you must think, “I am one “NO” closer to that “Yes,” and I know it is coming, I just need to be patient and apply for more opportunities while I am waiting for the right one to come along.”
Remember that it really is an odds kind of thing. The more jobs you apply for, the greater your chances for an interview, and the more interviews you go through, the greater your chance for the job offer! You need to be applying for so many positions that you have to have a system to keep track of them all. I recommend saving each resume and cover letter you send with your name (to help the employer) and an abbreviation of the job or company you are applying with. That way, you can take a look at what you told them (sent them) before you go to the job interview, and refresh your memory on the position applied for. You could save each posting that you apply for as well – matching the file titles to help you with the organization of your job search.
Source: What Color is your Parachute? 2018, By Richard N Bolles; A practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers, Ten Speed Press.
One of my followers asked me to refresh everyone’s memory on what a Career Services office does for their students. Most colleges have a career services department. The purpose is to assist students with their job search. That means providing whatever type of service is needed in order to help a student be successful at finding employment. Here at Western Technical College we provide the following services to students, potential students and alumni:
Teach students HOW to do a resume, cover letter and reference page
Provide each person who comes in with a free “Resume Handbook”
Critique their resume, cover letter and reference page once they have created one
Coach students in how to do an effective job search
Coach students in the art of interviewing for a job through a wide variety of methods (mock and phone interviews)(using an online program called, “Perfect Interview”
Remind students to let Wisconsin TechConnect help them connect to openings
Help students understand that conducting a job search is a lot of work and how that work pays off
Provide an effective career assessment called Typefocus that measures a students personality type, interests and values
Coach a potential student on how to use Typefocus to do research on the careers they are thinking about
Support that research by providing instructions on how to do an informational interview and/or set up a program or job shadow (yes, you can sit in on a class). Annually our “Program Shadow List” is updated and our instructor’s are very attentive to responding to potential student requests.
Host Several Career Specific Job Fairs
Sponsor speakers and events for our students
Present on job and career topics in our classrooms
To schedule an appointment, call: 608-785-9440 or 608-785-9257
Sharing another great article written by Hannah Morgan of Career Sherpa. If you do not follow her yet, you might want to consider following her. She provides a lot of GREAT job seeking advice. This new article, posted on May 22, 2018 does an excellent job of describing how to do some networking and ask for a referral to a company that you want to work for.
When asked, “Why should we hire you?” It is a mistake to answer, “Because I am the best candidate!” At this point, you are not in a position to say whether you are the best candidate or not. You have not even met the other candidates.
You need to say something more substantial. You need to cover your accomplishments and you need to state your accomplishments in a “prove it” statement kind of way. By that I mean, state your accomplishments with statements that prove that you have the skill and ability it takes to get the job done.
In order to do that, you need to have done your research ahead of time. If the job posting is not very descriptive, ask for a job description. Research the company by taking a look at the company website. Do some deep thinking about how you can state your skills and abilities with examples and use the words of a third party. For example: “My current supervisor, Mark Browne, has stated that I am the best employer he has ever had in the position that I currently hold.” Or, “A co-worker of mine tells me that its been a long time since she has seen anyone relate to the customers as positively has I have.” Or, “My supervisor complimented me just the other day for my problem solving abilities.”
On top of that suggestion, have stories ready to tell that prove your capabilities in three key areas: 1) Your ambition on the job, 2) Your ability to get along with others on the job, and 3) Your ability to problem solve on the job.
If you have stories ready that prove you have those capabilities, you’ve come a long way towards preparing for the job interview.
Looking for a different job? Maybe you have lost the one you had, or perhaps you are ready for a change? Or perhaps you have decided that you need to make better money in order to better cover your expenses?
The first step is not to update your resume. Your first step is to do some deep thinking about what you want your next job to look like. Let Hannah Morgan of “Career Sherpa” help you understand why. She has written another awesome story! Click on the link below:
I have a number of cover letter tips to share today. The first one I learned from our Western Technical College students. Copy and paste your resume heading to the top of your cover letter! It makes your cover letter and resume look uniform and consistent. You can even choose to copy and paste it to the top of your reference page. Yes, reference page. To those of you that list your references on your resume, this is not done anymore. To do an efficient job search, you need three main documents: The cover letter, the resume and your reference page.
A cover letter is your chance to give the employer a first impression about you as a person. Your resume must be a professional and to the point document, listing your skills and abilities. A cover letter can reflect you and your personality. To those of you that only submit a resume and skip the cover letter? You are shorting yourself.
A cover letter is made of three main sections. The first paragraph is to be introductory in nature but also be eye-catching to the person who is reviewing your materials. That first paragraph should include the position you are applying for. One way to be eye-catching would be to spend 10-15 minutes reviewing the companies website….look for things that appeal to you and comment on those things in that first paragraph. You would in essence be answering the question: ” What appeals to you about working for this employer?”
The last paragraph in a cover letter is closure. You want to state what you expect to see happening. “I look forward to hearing from you.” Or, “Should you care to discuss my qualifications further, I can be reached at: ______”
The middle paragraphs (1-3) should be your sales pitch. When you are deciding what you want to say that “sells” you to the position consider this: Employers are examining candidates in three areas for the most part: Work Experience, Education and Strengths. What can you tell them about yourself in those three areas that sells you to the position opening? If it helps you to print out the position opening and highlight the skills and abilities that they are looking for, by all means do that.
Don’t forget to read your letter out loud when you are done. You can catch some problem sentences in this way. Make sure you sound professional. Watch for misspellings and make sure your spacing is business letter format spacing.