As an executive career coach and resume writer, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from job seekers who are trying to determine what the best course of action is as it relates to their job searches. I would like to share with you some of these questions along with the answers.
Why can’t I land an interview?
If you’re sending out hundreds of resumes and are not getting interviews, the issue is probably your resume. You may be well qualified for the position, but your resume is not demonstrating that effectively. Have a professional resume writer critique your document for you.
What is the best way to target companies that you want to work for?
You can research companies on LinkedIn by typing in keywords that describe the type of company that you work for. You can then sift through the results and see which companies you want to target. Once you have identified your target list of companies, you can then see who in your network is connected to these companies.
How can you crack the hidden job market?
The two main ways to identify unadvertised openings are: 1) Network extensively; and 2) Connect with executive recruiters.
Hiring managers often ask the people that they know if they are aware of anyone who would be a good fit for the position that they have available. By networking extensively, you can hear about openings that are not publicly posted.
In addition, many companies hire executive recruiters to fill positions, and they don’t advertise these openings on job boards because they don’t want to be inundated with resumes. Executive recruiters often have access to information about job openings in the hidden job market.
How do you stay motivated in your job search?
Here are a few quick tips:
1) Associate with positive people who can encourage you when the going gets tough.
2) Eat right and exercise so that you can replenish your energy.
3) Reward yourself for working hard on your job search by doing something fun. It will be easier to go back to job searching if you balance it with activities that you enjoy doing.
How do you get past age bias?
My advice is to lean heavily on your network to learn about job openings. If you simply rely on posted openings, you are looking for jobs in area where you will have the most competition. Everyone else is seeing the same jobs that you are applying for. However, when you find out about openings through your network, you increase your chances of getting an interview and landing the position because you come to the organization referred by someone on the inside.
Another tip is to identify companies that have a good track record of hiring older workers. There is a list of best companies to work for as far as older workers are concerned. It makes sense to concentrate your efforts on companies that will value the experience you bring to the table rather than focus on companies that may see your age as a liability.
What are the hottest job markets right now?
Healthcare and IT are the two industries that have added jobs consistently throughout the recession. If you are looking for fields where there are the most opportunities, these are two of the best. The challenge is to learn the lingo if you are not already in these fields so that you can make yourself attractive to potential employers.
Call 877-743-9521 to schedule an appointment with an executive career coach to discuss your job search questions.