Why? Because they listen to all the well-intended but misguided advice from their college friends. And they make all the same mistakes those friends made. In the long run, they pay for it.
But you’re not going to, because you’re not going to listen that dumb advice.
Instead, you’re going to listen to real resume writing experts that can help you land your first gig much faster.
Let’s take a look at some of that dumb advice… and what you should do instead.
Quantity Over “The Perfect Fit”
The dumb advice: “I spent four hours lovingly crafting each bullet point in my resume to be perfectly tailored to the perfectly perfect job posting I found on Craigslist, and then waited two weeks to hear back!”
The current job market is a numbers game. Applying to four or five jobs is not going to cut it.
You need to apply to dozens of jobs each week to expect enough interviews to land a job. Cast your net wider. Do more. Get your name out there. Do it every week. And go well beyond Craigslist to include Indeed.com as well as local resources.
Location, Location, Location
The dumb advice: “I just love my little corner of Nebrahoma so much, I can’t wait to find a job in Marketing here!”
Look around you. Do you see the industries you want to work in in your home town?
If not, this is the time to relocate for work. Go to where the jobs are, and stop wondering why you can’t find a job as a Financial Analyst in Small Town, USA.
Forget That One Job Title You’ve Had in Mind
Your dumb friend: “I’ve prepared for four years to be a Front End Java Developer, but I only found four listings for that job title.”
Don’t get hung up on job titles.
Focus your keyword searches on your skills. Don’t type in “Brand Manager”, type “visual merchandising” or “Google Analytics”. Stop doing job searches with a laser focus, and accept that your first job may not look anything like the job you’ve been picturing.
Don’t Give Up
The dumb advice: “I sent out like a dozen applications, and I haven’t gotten so much as a rejection email. I’m in limbo. This is hell. I must be least qualified graduate ever.”
The fact is, most of those people aren’t going to take the time to reach out to you, even to say no.
Searching for a job is a full-time job for most, and of course you won’t like it. But think this is your first real job and everything else will look brighter. Keep the self-doubt at bay, and keep plugging away at it. That’s what the people with jobs did. And when you’re ready to get yourself a rock solid resume to back you up and display your real achievements, talk to the resume writing experts.
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