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Rosalina Banaban
Sr HR Manager in Seattle, WA
One thing I will say is "rejection means redirection"; you are a solutions-oriented individual and so am I. The big thing is, keep trucking a long because the fit hasn't come yet. But it will as you continue to persevere. You have a lot of great advice on here, additional things that I may recommend or restate: - Possibly look for consultant or contract positions for now and showcase the different skillsets you have. In my last employer, we had an individual who had a variety of experiences with no clear, concise job path nor did she really highlight what she was wanting to get into. But based on her skillsets, we were able to utilize her as a consultant for performance management needs for the company. Maybe a consulting opportunity may be good, or at the very least, a contract-to-hire. - Have you included a cover letter with your resume as well? You could highlight and gear your application specifically to the employer and what they're looking for. Look at their job postings and job descriptions and ensure skills on there are indicated in your resume and/or cover letter Continue to stay positive and confident. This is a tough time and an even tougher world that we are all facing. An employer will be grateful with the skills you possess and hopefully you are both able to meet soon!
Highly recommend the book Range by David Epstein. It will give you a new lens to view your varied experience and perhaps provide you with a framework of how to tell the story your career path and the diverse skills, experience, and value you bring to any opportunity!
Tara C.
Career Coach/Advocate
It does sound like you're doing the right things, and it's tough, but it honestly could just be the moment. Even though there are jobs popping up, it's sloooooooow naturally this time of year, and in addition to the normal slowness, everyone's still kind of up in the air about where they're going. It doesn't hurt to ask for advice, but it sounds like you've really done all you can. It will eventually pick up again, and I am sure you'll find more responses at that point, but I know it's tough right now.
Nonprofit Data Expert
It’s not the cover letter that you need to customize, but the resume. My advice is to write a very long resume that details everything you did in each job. When you apply for a job, cut that long resume down by keeping the details that most closely match the job description for that job. In my experience, the only thing that works better than a strong network for finding a job is a resume that reads like the job description. Also, describe your skills and duties using the same types of words that the job description does. One job might ask for proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint; one might ask for proficiency in MS Office Suite. It’s the same skills, different words. Use their words.
Dr Mo
Career Transition Coach
All the ladies have downloaded a wealth of knowledge already. The only thing that I would add is to really do an introspective search to see which of those areas, you will rather pursue. Make sure your resume highlights those experiences and be intentional about your search moving forward
Anne Shaw
Consultant & Speaker
Hi there! I'd like to offer five tips to help and I hope things turn around for you soon! 1. Make sure that you're networking as much as possible during this time and not just applying to roles online. Reach out to past colleagues, family friends, etc. If you can, find a champion or two who can keep an eye out for you, bringing you up in key conversations, making introductions, or just sending you relevant job ads when they notice things you'd do great at. 2. If/when you apply for jobs online, go to LinkedIn afterward and try to figure out who the hiring manager (or someone else who works in that department) is. There's no harm in reaching out with request to connect and a nice, brief note about how you've sent in an application and hope to be considered for the open role. 3. Are you tailoring your resume to every role you apply for? This is huge and can make a big difference. 4. Consider your unique professional "super powers." Whether they're mediating conflict, organizing project teams, or even just bringing enthusiasm when morale is low, understand what sets you apart and look for ways to demonstrate and share that during the application and interview process. 5. Finally, do you have any skills you could be applying as a freelancer during this time? It's a good way to earn some income, continue adding experience to your resume, further expand your network and maybe even meet people who'd consider hiring you on full-time.
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Jessica Rutherford
Senior Chemist in DFW
I have a similar job history. I use it to my advantage to show that I am unique, flexible, and willing to learn new things. The parallels between my positions have been that I use my skills and experience to train and mentor new team members. I wish you the best. It's especially tough right now.
Maria Paula Calvo
Senior Exec and Board Director globally
I do believe that Carolyn and Michelle have already provided great advice on very practical aspects you may want to consider for bringing effectiveness to your search process. Nonetheless, I would love to emphasize the importance of you holding the right forward-looking accomplishing positive mindset, because that will generate the right energy to participate in any process. And that energy is contagious and any recruiter / hiring manager can perceive it. So please, don´t continue talking to yourself about all the frustrating aspects. Instead, remind yourself often all the value you hold and can contribute with! I am sure that will make a huge difference and will love to hear when you land your dream role ;)
Carolyn Stein
Soul-Centered Mindset, Purpose, and Career Coach
That's such a frustrating position to be in. You mentioned a few things you thought were holding you back: 1) Doesn't appear to be an obvious theme in your career trajectory: Whether or not there appears to be a theme doesn't mean there isn't one. What is the common thread, from your perspective, that ties your experiences together? For example, my careers have included marketing, teaching, corporate training, and coaching. And I even switched back and forth between marketing and coaching a few times. While not obvious to a recruiter or hiring manager, the common theme is gaining a deep understanding of your audience to craft communication that inspires action. I have a deep understanding of behavioral psychology, the neuroscience of learning, etc. What story can you tell? 2) Not entry but not manager: Depending on your years of experience, this might be referred to as an associate level. At the same time, individual contributors can be director-level at smaller companies if they have the expertise to own a function (such as marketing). You don't mention your years of professional experience, but depending on the common threads of your experience, you might have more of a focus than you think. 3) This is really tough. And scary. First, the mindset: It's really hard to find a job when you're just thinking about how to put food on the table. Frequently this is when you might just get any part-time hourly job or drive Uber/Lyft just to bring in some cash. Not sure, in these times, what the answer is. Setting the financial piece aside for a moment (which is no small task), having a sense of progress in some area of your life can bring a level of confidence and forward momentum that might take a sliver of the unemployment anxiety away. Is there a skill-based hobby you can develop? It can be as simple as a $5 harmonica and free Youtube lessons. Or downloading a free Couch 2 5k app if you've never been a runner. Next, the 1-year gap: Find the common thread, then figure out a way to build on that with some professional development that shows you have created a career path for yourself and that you've kept up skills and are learning new skills. Coursera has a lot of free classes. You can add this to your resume (with dates) under a professional development section if it makes sense. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask questions.
Michelle Wilkinson
I hear you, and it sounds like you're doing all the right stuff, indeed. My background is very similar. Here's what's worked for me: 1) Stay positive. I recommend reading one of Rhonda Byrns books (The Secret) and listening to Joel Osteen. 2) Market your skills as the wealth of knowledge that they are. Use as many examples as you can in your cover letter. I like to use a "T-Chart". Use Excel to create a spreadsheet with 2 columns. On the left, using bullets, quote their qualifications, and on the right, show how your qualifications match theirs. For instance, their qualification might be: Able to lead cross-functional teams. Your qualification response would include an example of that: Led cross-functional team in reducing lead-times from 60 days to 35. Show them you've "been there, done that, and have the t-shirt". And when you're ready to send in your cover letter, just remove the borders (it looks prettier :o) ) 3) Continue networking, but as a contributor. This site is a great place to provide articles and feedback. Also, use LinkedIn to create articles are respond to others' articles. 4) Join and follow organizations in LinkedIn and contribute to their articles. You can use this information on your job application. For example, you join your college/university alumni association and post contributing articles. List them on your application. I hope these are helpful for you, and I wish you the best of luck. Don't be discouraged. You are one-of-a-kind, and a great asset to your next employer! You're doing awesome!!