When you first embark on your job search journey, you are filled with anticipation, enthusiasm and high expectations. If your job search efforts continue over a long period of time, you may have already experienced rejection, objections and frustration. Many job seekers feel that their resume just gets lost in some deep dark hole never to be read or noticed. This is especially true when you spend most of your time answering job boards or jobs that are posted on various websites. This is where you will encounter the highest level of competition and the lowest level of results.
You can limit rejection by implement the following:
- Only apply for jobs where your credentials match the requirements of the position
- Customize your cover letter and resume to highlight the appropriate key words and accomplishments for each position
- Spend most of your job search time developing and contacting your professional network
- Directly market yourself to hiring authorities DAILY! (To the person who would be your bosses boss)
Over 80% of job seekers find their next opportunity by networking and directly marketing themselves to hiring authorities.
It is important to realize that when you do not hear back from a company or hiring authority, chances are they are not rejecting YOU personally. In fact your resume could have been screened out by an automated system. A Job Search is a sales process and each NO you hear is that much closer to a YES. Commit to a higher level of actions each day and put most of your time into networking and direct marketing. You will begin to move your search forward while reducing the level of rejection.
Rick Christensen: Director, Career Transition Practice
Rick has been a career consultant for over 20 years, serving a very broad-based and diverse clientele. His specialties include effective group facilitation, one-on-one coaching and consultation at all levels including senior executives.
Rick’s passion is coaching individuals through career transitions, developing career management strategies and in identifying and sharpening competencies to open doors to new opportunities. His efforts have assisted thousands of individuals achieve their full potential.