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Building a Strong Job Search Chain
If your job search is falling short, one of your job-search skills may be the weak link. What's your weakest link?
To a certain degree, generating interviews is a numbers game.
A chain is only as effective as its weakest link- and you don't know which link is weak until the chain is tested. If your job search is falling short, one of your job-search skills may be the weak link. By analyzing your chain of job search skills, you can build a stronger chain, one that can stand up to any test.
There are three critical links in your job search chain. Consider each of them carefully to determine your weakest link, then work to strengthen that link.
Link #1: Resume and Cover Letter
If your resume and cover letter aren't attracting attention and generating interviews, this may be your weakest link. A quality resume should:
An effective cover letter should:
If your weakest link is your resume and cover letter, you may want to consider investing in a professional resume writer. Many of them have experience in Human Resources and recruiting, so they know what hiring managers are looking for and the best way to present that information.
Link #2: Resume Exposure
Even the best resume will fail to generate interviews if it doesn't reach a wide enough target audience. To a certain degree, generating interviews is a numbers game. If the resume is effective to begin with, then the more resumes you send out, the more interviews you will win.
How much exposure is enough for your resume? The answer is subjective, but you'll definitely increase your exposure by using the following methods and online tools:
If resume exposure is your weakest link, then you might benefit from the expertise of a career coach to help guide you in better job search strategies. A career coach can assist you in building a campaign to gain maximum exposure for your resume.
Link #3: Interview Skills
If your resume is fine and you are getting plenty of first interviews-but no second ones-then your interview skills may be your weakest link.
To analyze the strength of your interview skills, ask yourself the following:
If interview skills are your weakest link, you'll receive more job offers by investing in interview coaching with a career expert.
By strengthening each link of your job-search chain, you'll avoid months of frustrating, ineffective effort. With each link strong enough to support your career objective you'll win your dream job with confidence.
About the Author:
Deborah Walker, President of Alpha
Advantage, Inc., is a nationally respected career coach with
extensive experience as a former headhunter and corporate
recruiter. Her clients include top executives at
Pepsi, Ford, Motorola, Target, Sun Microsystems and
AT&T. Read more resume
and job-search tips at www.AlphaAdvantage.com
Deborah Walker, President of Alpha Advantage, Inc., is a nationally respected career coach with extensive experience as a former headhunter and corporate recruiter. Her clients include top executives at Pepsi, Ford, Motorola, Target, Sun Microsystems and AT&T.
Read more resume
and job-search tips at www.AlphaAdvantage.com
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