New Resume Gets Results For New Jersey Man

  • Article by: KEVIN DONLIN , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: July 8, 2008 - 3:44 PM

Think your job search is hopeless? Think again.

Think your job search is hopeless? Think again.

Here's a case study that shows how one man, after a frustrating three-year search for work, suddenly got an interview for his "dream job," along with calls from other employers.

If you write English and talk on the phone, you can do this, too.

Challenge: Jim from New Jersey was laid off from his job with a defense contractor in 2001. He writes: "I have been actively seeking to advance my career for over three and a half years. Although re-employed recently for 22 months, this job failed to use my best talents and resulted in yet another layoff."

Jim faced two main challenges:

  • After searching so long for the right job, he had reached a point of desperation and was willing to take almost any position that came along.
  • His resume was not generating calls from employers, and Jim had no real insights into how he could rewrite it.

 

Solution: In his search for a way to improve his resume, Jim looked at many websites and articles. After selecting my ebook, "Resume And Cover Letter Secrets Revealed," Jim writes: "I immediately went to work revising my resume according to your guidance."

The crux of my ebook boils down to a few basic points, which I've written about before. For your resume to succeed, it must:

 

  • Be clear about exactly what kind of job you want.
  • Focus on how you've solved problems for employers before (to prove you should be hired to solve them again).
  • Focus on the results you've produced before (because employers want results).
  • Be easy to read, using everyday language that's neither stilted nor too casual.

 

In addition to writing a resume that gets noticed, you must network effectively.

Think of networking like this: If your mom were hiring, would you get an interview? Yes, of course. Why? The hiring manager -- your mother -- knows you, trusts you, and wants you to succeed.

Now, envision your network as several hundred surrogate "mothers" who know you, trust you and want you to succeed. The more people like this you know, the more job leads you'll get and the faster you'll be hired.

BUT ... since you have only one mother, how do you create enough goodwill in your network so that others want to help you?

You do it by helping first and asking for help later. Example: Never miss a chance to email a suggestion, tip, news item or employment lead to the people in your network. You'll deposit goodwill now you can withdraw later, when you need help in your job search.

Finally, always look to expand your network by meeting new people in your industry.

Jim did.

He made a contact at a company he wanted to work for. And last month, when they had an opening, he jumped on it.

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