Why Resilience Is So Important in the Job Search
You could have applied to one department, but a new department has not seen your resume and may be a better fit. Your skills may not match exactly and that is okay. What it’s really all about is: how do you stand out? How are you going to make a positive difference and contribution in this role?
Take the additional time to create a new resume for each position you plan to apply to. You can move the education section around or modify the summary of qualifications (add to it/delete from it based on the position qualifications) to better the chances of it being reviewed. Try doing your resume in a different format like a functional (focus on skills/experience) type rather than a chronological format.
Be grateful for every opportunity. When you don’t get the offer, look at it as the opportunity was not the right one for you, rather than taking it personally. Remember every callback, every interview means that you’re a top candidate out of the pile of several. Think of all the positive traits you bring to the table and don’t dwell on what you don’t have to offer. Also, avoid showing any signs of resentment during an interview – it may be the 300th time you’ve done an interview, but it’s the first time you’re meeting this new employer.
You never know who you’ll meet. Even if you’ve tried a method before, you haven’t tried it with this new connection or with your new, positive outlook, or your freshly updated resume. New business cards can also help you stand out and network more effectively.
There are always new things to learn whether its technology that can help with your search, what the best resume format is for getting noticed, how to give a personal elevator pitch that slays or interview techniques that will help you make an amazing first impression. Find a local organization that holds seminars and networking events to build your skills.
Angela Milkie-Stokes, Resource Manager
Angela brings a mix of Human Resource knowledge and Student Affairs experience. She enjoys advocating for people with specific needs in the workplace. Angela can speak conversational Spanish and played the flute for more than 10 years! In her free time, she likes to read, be outdoors and spend time with friends.