Dan, age 18, was terminated from his job. For over 2 years he worked hard to prove himself, learn new skills, and take on new responsibilities. He loved his job and his co-workers and was looking forward to possible management opportunities. When he was fired for a simple mistake, his whole world was shattered. Dan had been searching for work for six months. He couldn’t shake the loss and humiliation he was feeling. He was afraid to try, and his anger and negative self image showed through when he presented himself to potential employers. When Dan sat down with a CAP employment counselor, she helped him to realize how he was sabotaging himself. Together, they created a stronger resume which clearly identified the progress he had made and the responsibilities he had be trusted with. They also practiced his interviewing skills. In particular they found a way for Dan to honestly and concisely answer the question about his reason for termination.
In an interview, less than two weeks later, Dan aced the question! He focused on all the positive skills he had gained, owned up to his mistake, and let the interviewer know how he would do it differently next time. He got the job! He now works in a fun and interesting environment where he is utilizing his skills and taking on new challenges.
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
It can be inferred from that statement, that in order to get different results, you need to change your approach. That concept applies directly to the job search. If you are not seeing results from your applications, resumes, or interviews, then it is time to take a step back, evaluate, and make the necessary changes.
Let’s discuss an example.
You had 3 interviews last week and you felt highly qualified for each position, but you did not receive any of those positions. Have you taken a step back and evaluated your interview skills?
Did you answer the questions directly?
Are you including specific examples or just general statements?
Were your answers concise or did you ramble?
You are applying EVERYWHERE and you are qualified for the positions. But, you have yet to receive an interview. Have you taken a look at ways in which you can approve your application to make it stand out?
Do you have all of the information for your former employers – addresses, phone numbers, dates of employment, salary, etc?
Do you have any issues with past employers? How are you wording that explanation on the application?
Are you highlighting your applicable experience?
There currently are jobs in our market (so don’t blame the economy), but the increase in competition makes it much more difficult to secure stable employment. So, instead of giving up, you need to step up to the plate. Get prepared for the process, improve your job-search techniques, and see improved results.
Please email us or comment with any questions you may have regarding the job-search, your efforts, and feedback.
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We hope to create a comfortable atmosphere where you can ask your questions and read job-search tips, be motivated by success stories, and apply new techniques that will improve your job-search results.
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