You just graduated with honors from a great university, but the only job offers you’ve been able to generate are the weird temp-to-hire and commission-only ones…
Now, I’m not trying to pass judgment on you—I don’t even know you—but I am trying to help you find out if you’re committing any of these job-hunting faux pas.
Recruiters could be giving your resume a “pass” if you’re doing one or more of the following:
1. You’re making a career out of “studenthood”
You’ve been going back to school to get your master’s degree in something—anything—to get ahead of the rest!
But unless you plan on pursuing a career that specifically requires more than just a bachelor’s degree, like being a lawyer, doctor, physical therapist or audiologist, for instance, you might want to reconsider digging yourself further and further into debt.
For those that are understandably going back to school to put off the cold, hard reality that is today’s jobs market, consider this: You’ll have a negative net-worth long before you can actually start to accumulate wealth. In fact, you might not ever make it back.
The “I’ll Make it Back” mentality, according to certified financial planners like Lauren Lyons Cole, is misguided given today’s economic instability. According to a recent article published by Fox Business, some will make their money back, but many won’t.
So! If you’re looking for Trump money with a master’s degree in English, you will be…disappointed, to say the least.
2. Your work history is choppy
And to make matters worse, you are listing all ten jobs you’ve had within the last couple of years on your resume, as if to shine a neon light on the fact that you are unable to hold down a job. I know, I KNOW, it only looks like that on the surface. But it only takes a recruiter one look to know, at least in their mind, that you aren’t a fit for the job they are trying to fill.
I understand that some of the most accomplished business people are those that failed at many things before they found that perfect fit. I’m not saying you shouldn’t get back up when you fall—I’ve done that plenty of times; however, if you are applying for a job as a photographer, you don’t need to put all the various restaurant and retail jobs you had in between.
My viewpoint on that is controversial because recruiters encourage honesty on a resume. They claim that they’ll find out you had a job and got fired and whatnot whether you tell them or not, and that it looks bad if they find out you purposefully left information out of your resume.
What I think should be left out are the very short, non-career-related mini jobs you held for only months at a time.
Also, instead of relying on Monster, CareerBuilder or some other staffing agency to get more pairs of eyes on your generic resume, you’re better off sending a resume that has been tailor-made to appeal specifically to a company of interest.
…which leads me to my next point…
3. You haven’t identified a career you are passionate about…and it shows on your resume
And that’s fine, because we’ve all been there. Many of us might even find out later that the careers we have now are still not the best fit, though it always feels different in the here-and-now. Lord knows I’ve been there.
I’ll never forget the advice I got from a friend at CareerBuilder after she learned I was ready to take on another job in an area I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to pursue long-term. She told me to think twice about it. I told her I had loans to pay back. She countered by telling me to take a hour or so out of my day to write down what I was talented at, and then research which of those could translate into a realistic career.
I decided upon news writing, used the small number of writing clips I had to vouch for my writing abilities, altered my resume to highlight my writing abilities as much as I could without fabricating anything and called local news outlets to beg for even the most basic, secretarial job to get my foot in the door somehow.
In this case, the job didn’t find me. I had to find the job.
Two years later, I’m still writing and still happy. In a perfect world, I’ll do this forever.
Here’s a good way to construct your resume if you have little-to-no-experience in the field you decide to pursue.
4. You haven’t yet realized that everything you do on the internet leaves a “footprint” for all to see…and it could be hurting you.
A Microsoft-funded survey of 2,500 recruiting professionals and consumers in four major developed nations had 79 percent of HR professionals saying that they used online reputation information as part of their hiring process, while 85 percent said that “positive online reputation influences their hiring decisions at least to some extent.”
The same survey also found that job seekers were far less aware that the defamatory information about themselves online could hurt their chances of getting hired.
Information about you, for the most part, is readily available on the web but not organized to promote an “Internet Image.”
Don’t believe it? Google your name in quotes (EX: “Lisa Marino”). If you have a common name, add your town into the mix.
If you found nothing about yourself, don’t get excited.
As Neil Cox, CEO of Repio, Inc. often says, “If you’re not on the Internet, you’re not relevant.”
Repio heightens one’s capacity to compete and exist in today’s competitive job market. As social media changes the way potential employers review candidates for jobs, maintaining a positive and relevant presence on the internet has become more of a necessity than a pastime.
Where LinkedIn leaves off, Repio picks up, in that it shows what you can do rather than merely telling it. It is designed to be one of the first links to appear in the results of an internet search for your name, so viewers will look at an image of you that you had a say in constructing—with no search engine manipulation involved.
Everyone should have a Repio profile because, essentially, everyone has left a permanent mark on the internet in one way or another. Sites like reputation.com have lead people to believe that burying the “bad” and elevating the “good” is the only way to manage their image or reputation; but because internet reflects reality, those skeletons will eventually resurface. People need a platform to address what is said–and not said–about them.
For example, Dina Dalessandro got into UCLA despite comments from her nay-saying peers BECAUSE she added a link to her repio on the college application.
This is what her dad, Dr. Alan Dalessandro, DDS, said:
“We used Repio for Dina as she applied to the universities so they would have a chance to learn of Dina’s accomplishments. It was put at the bottom of her resume and several of her essays she submitted…” “Dina had a lot of extracurrilar activities that had newspaper and website documentation and without Repio there would have been little chance many of these would have been even noticed. It was also a nice to be able to explain many of these events. I truly believe it is a great tool that has an incredible potential in many different venues.”
Take a look at what she created to impress the college:
Want to give it a go for yourself? Click HERE.