You’re a talented candidate with competitive experience. You figure you’ll get interviews quickly. Maybe you even delay starting your search because you’re so confident. You brush up your resume, maybe even add a cover letter.
On day one of your search, you don’t find anything exciting posted but you apply to a few posts anyway.
Day two is the same.
Day five you find something exciting and customize your cover letter a bit for the job.
Day ten, you start to wonder when the calls will start coming in.
Day 14, you’re DMing hiring managers on LinkedIn and getting no responses.
Day 43 arrives and you’re wondering what the *&’@# is going on.
According to Glassdoor and my friend, Bart Turczynski,
“On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes. Of those candidates, 4 to 6 will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job.”
As far as job searches go, candidates are battling it out in a competitive marketplace!
If your job search is taking longer than you expected, don’t watch the clock tick. The worst case scenario is that you lose confidence and it taints your future applications.
Instead, accept the reality that you are not alone. Great candidates get missed for many reasons.
It happens all. the. time.
The most critical thing you can (and should) do is get more information….
Have any recruiter friends? Know people in HR? Have a buddy that just found a new job?
Don’t be shy to reach out to the people you know. Ask them about their experiences and recommendations. Many schools and communities have career centers that offer free help. Most resources are a simple Google search away.
If you’ve got some money to invest or time is of the essence, reach out to a job coach. You don’t know what you don’t know. Perfecting your resume and correcting course early can save you weeks (or worse, months) of lost income and make you thousands in new compensation.
The sooner you find the job you’re looking for, the sooner you get a return on your investment.
There’s nothing wrong with some good old elbow grease. But if your own resourcefulness or network fails you, there is no shame in getting professional help.
Professional career support is most common among high performers. From CEOs to politicians, having an advisor throughout your career is a hallmark of successful people.
If you want to be at the top of your profession and perform at your best, working with someone skilled at career growth is a brilliant step.
Wondering where to start?
Contact the Job Camp team and let’s chat.