You’ve done the required career planning to change careers. You’ve done the required studying to acquire new skills. You think your resume is top-notch. You’ve researched the industry and the job that your are shooting for. But after several months you’ve had three interviews but the response has been “thanks but not thanks.”
Maybe it’s time for a career change tune-up. What you have to realize is no interviewer or company will ever tell you what you are doing wrong, or the mistakes you are making that keeps you from getting the job offer. If they did they carry a huge risk.
In fact many applicants who are changing careers may be carrying a number of mistakes throughout their job search that costs them job after job.
A job hunting tune-up may be in order. First, review every step in your job hunting process. If you are not getting a reasonable number of interviews based on the number of resumes sent out. Redo you submission materials. Have a friend or spouse critique your resume. What is it saying in 5 seconds or less? If they can’t tell you, rewrite and pare it down to the essentials.
How about telephone interviews? How many move you to the face-to-face interview? If the number is less than 50% you need to redo your approach to telephone interviews.
If you are getting an acceptable level of job interviews but strike out every time, review the interviews. How do you present yourself? What do you say about former employers? Are you positive? Do you need more interviewing practice?
Put yourself in the hiring official’s shoes. Were you confident, positive and did you make a good impression?
You are changing careers is your reason for the change positive? Practice your response. It will pay dividends.
Just like the tune-up for you car will make it run better a job hunting tune-up will help you more quickly snag that ideal job.
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