Yesterday was Thanksgiving. I had the good fortune to have a wonderful meal with family and friends. I have to confess that there were moments during the day that I did not feel as thankful as I should have. The day was pure chaos with too many people in too small of a space. Driving home I spent the hour thinking about being thankful in challenging circumstances. I realized that it is human nature not to be as thankful as we should for what we have. I also realized that while the day may have been chaotic, I was extremely thankful to have family and friends to share it with.
As a resume writer and job search coach, I interact daily with people who are in some type of transition. Sometimes it is a director who wants to make a career move for advancement, sometimes it is sales rep that has been laid off and frustrated with their job search, or it might be someone working in another field and trying to transition into medical sales or medical affairs. It can be hard to stay optimistic during a job search and even harder to find reasons to be thankful.
Even if you are not thankful for what you currently have or where you are in your career, be thankful that you have THE POWER AND CHOICE TO CHANGE IT. Yes, people forget that they control their own destinies and this includes a job search. When searching for jobs, most people do the same thing each day, even if that thing is not getting results. What can you change? More than you think.
Not getting responses to your resume submissions? Is your resume reflecting the skills needed to do the job well? How would you rank against the other 300 candidates based on your resume? You can make your resume more effective.
Is your resume solid and still not getting interviews? How are you submitting it? Who is actually reading your resume once you apply to a job? Less than 10 of every 500 resumes will be read by an actual hiring manager. Want to improve your odds? QUIT APPLYING ON-LINE AND START EMAILING IT TO HIRING MANAGERS.
Are you getting interviews but no job offers? Every interview that does not turn into an offer is a lost opportunity. If you are hearing “we went with an internal candidate” or “we found someone who had the exact experience” more than once, stop and ask yourself why they interviewed you to begin with. The fact is, if you GET THE INTERVIEW THE JOB IS YOURS TO LOSE. That’s right, you were a valid option or they would not have taken the time to interview you. Hiring managers are busy people and do not have time to waste on someone who is not a true candidate. At some point you took yourself out of contention.
What should you be thankful for? Be thankful that each of the above areas can be fixed so that you can land a job.
Poorly written resume? Hire a professional. Look for someone who specializes in your area.
Resume not being seen by hiring managers? Quit depending on job postings and start sending it to hiring managers. “Breaking into Medical Sales – Your Guide to Success” teaches you how to do just that. Anyone can follow the very simple steps and conduct a more effective job search.
Interviews but no offers? Get coached before you lose another opportunity. A professional interview coach will help you identify the real issue and help you fix it.
What are your job search issues? Ask Elizabeth, the Medical Sales and Medical Science Liaison job search expert, resume writer and interview coach. Elizabeth@clinicalstrategist.com