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5 Tips for Your Job Search Makeover

Let’s say you found out 3 months ago that your company was going to outsource your department in the next 6-9 months. Everyone in your department had the option moving (at their own cost) to the new location (1,500 miles away in the middle of nowhere). You decide to stay and look for a new job, after all, you have at least 6 months to find a new job. 3 months into your search and you’ve not yet found a new job. You’ve had your share of interviews, but the job opportunities have not matched your experience. Jobs that you should be qualified for are somehow out of reach. In fact, it almost seems as if you are no longer qualified for the job you have. Sound familiar?

I’ve been talking with some recruiter friends that I’ve worked with over the last 5-10 years about the state of the changing job market. Without exception, they all told me that they have more job requisitions to fill than they’ve had in the last five years but they just can’t fill them all. I’m thinking, how can that be? I know so many people who are either out of work and looking for a new job or unhappy in their current job and looking.

Many companies are now looking for (what I call) “Super Hero Candidates” to fill their open positions. These are people who are very experienced, have specific job skills/experience and are a perfect fit for the job. While there is not much you can do if you don’t have the right experience for an opportunity, there is lots you can do to “re-package” your job search marketing toolkit to look as “qualified” as as possible (without stretching the truth).

I was watching one of those reality shows where they take the ugliest and worst dressed people and give them a makeover. What started out as the motliest crew of people you’ve ever seen, turns into the most amazing people you’ve ever seen. Great looking, well dressed and reeking of success. So then I started thinking, why not do the same for your job search? Maybe your resume and interviews are a little on the shabby side and need a bit of a makeover. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Job Search Makeover:

  • Skills and Experience– Take another look and your skills and experience. Does your resume really reflect all that you’ve done and all of your skills? Now is not the time to be shy. List every accomplishment and success you’ve had over the last 10 years (and the skills needed to accomplish those successes) and make sure they are reflected in your resume.
  • Resumes – You’ve seen it on this site and every other job search site – your resume is the most important document in your job search. Using the exercise from above, restructure your  resume to ensure it reflects the fact that you are a super candidate. Remember, you are not stretching the truth here, just ensuring that every great thing you’ve done is properly reflected in your resume.
  • Research– Research the companies where you would like to work. What type of research? If they are a publicly held company, look up their financials (make sure they are a viable company). You can also look up how employees rate the company (you don’t want to work for a company that no one likes). What about other company rankings (best company to work for, etc.)?
  • Interviews -It won’t help if you get the interview but can’t get through the interview. Maybe it’s time to take review your interview skills and interview questions.
  • Networking– It is all about who you know (sorry, it just is). While not every job will be sourced through some contact, the vast majority will (and are).

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