Your Job Search: From C*R*A*P … to CONTROL
Part 1 of 2
Certified Career Management Professional
Many of us in the military environment need a bit of bitter truth so I offer the below message to you all!
PART 1 – Stop with the C*R*A*P
If you still believe your “powerful resume” and “knock ‘em dead cover letter” will get you in the door and in front of the hiring manager, good luck. The traditional system of finding employment has turned to C*R*A*P:
Clicking on a job title
Reviewing the job description
Applying for the job
Praying the phone will ring for an interview
Here’s some advice to those of you who remain stubborn, still engaged in mass resume distribution and waiting for the phone to ring: TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR JOB SEARCH! Stop waiting for opportunity and start creating opportunity. Be willing to change your mindset. You need to conduct a strategic vs. traditional job search that focuses on broadcasting your VALUE to the business community, not your resume. Your biggest challenge in job search is differentiation. Right now, how do YOU stand out from the millions in a highly competitive job market?
Think your resume makes you stand out from the crowd? Think again. You’ve probably tweaked your resume to death since you began your job search, and now you think you resume is one in a million. Well guess what….it is. It’s one of millions. Regardless of how much you paid someone to prepare your resume, no matter how professional your resume may look, how stunning your experience and accomplishments may be, or how impressive your education is, at the end of the day your resume is a resume, is a resume, etc. Therefore you look like everyone else. Get the picture?
Like everyone else’s resume, yours will inevitably end up in Human Resources – sitting in a stack a foot high or entered into some massive database. And there sits some overworked personnel jockey who, if you’ve been lucky enough to get past the screening software, will glance over your “powerful resume” for no more than 15 to 30 seconds. Do you really want that personnel jockey deciding if you’re valuable enough to put in front of the hiring manager for an interview, or do you want the hiring manager making that decision?
Don’t misunderstand me; you need to have a professional resume. It’s what I call a “necessary evil.” Your resume is a critical component of your job search. But use it as backup, as reinforcement, and provide it only when specifically requested by a hiring manager. If you must submit your resume when responding to a posted position, understand that it will end up in Human Resources. HR is what I call “Hiring Resistance” because the whole process starts with rejection. How good are you at handling rejection time after time while you wait for something to happen. Remember Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You need to stop being REACTIVE in your job search and start being PROACTIVE. That starts with taking control.
Stay tuned for Part 2…