Job search have you down in the dumps? Frustrated? Feeling borderline hopeless that you’ll never get the interview or another offer? If you’re unemployed, about to be laid off, or just in an endless search for a new role or opportunity, at times the process can seem daunting, overwhelming, or even frustrating. Today, I want to be your cheerleader and hopefully provide you with a little hope and renewed energy for your search.
If you’ve been a reader of our blog for any length of time you’ll quickly realize that we’re very forthcoming with free tips, advice, and resources about how to improve your resume, cover letter, networking, LinkedIn profile, personal branding, interview, and job search. I try to formulate the tips and advice I provide based on real problems, downfalls, and issues I see job seekers struggling with every day—combined with some good ol’ real world experience as a hiring manager, of course. Aside from all the career advice we give (listen closely … here’s my disclaimer for this article) this article will not contain any to-the-point, hard advice on careers, job search, etc. What it will do is tell you that perseverance pays off. You CAN do it! If it’s not working, change it—and hold on tight, because before you know it, you’ll have that new position.
Are you doing everything possible to ensure that you’re putting yourself out there and that your information will catch the eye of a recruiter or hiring manager? Searchable LinkedIn profiles optimized for the positions you want to obtain, twitter accounts, networking online and off, professionally written resume, creative job search techniques? If you’ve never read any of Kevin Donlin’s blog articles about guerilla job search I encourage you to hop online and read his blog or get his free CD (I’m getting no kickbacks here—honest! He doesn’t even know me). What I am trying to do is get you to be creative in your job search. If what you’re currently doing isn’t working, then what risk or harm is there in changing it up? Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? I like Donlin’s articles/blogs because they are creative, out there, and they work. For example, he recommends sending your information in a handwritten envelope that resembles a thank you letter. Everyone loves a thank you letter, and it guarantees your resume, cover letter, pitch letter, etc. will be read! Unprofessional or genius? Our job seekers are getting jobs this way when we mail out their resumes and pitch letters like this.
So the moral of the story is … Hold on—your breakthrough is coming! Be patient and persevere, stay the course; but if the same old junk isn’t working, then don’t be afraid to take a risk and change it up. You’re doing all the right things, and one day you’ll be rewarded with a new promotion, better position, or great new opportunity. You can do it—we believe in you! So put yourself out there, take a few risks, try something new, and above all else, keep your hopes up. We told you this blog article would be just one big cheerleading session! Go get ’em, tiger!
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, speaker and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates high-impact, best-in-class, resumes and cover letters that transform job searches into interviews and ultimately job offers. For more information about professional resume writing or to read more career and job search related articles visit http://www.greatresumesfast.com or call 1.800.991.5187.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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