Great Resume, No Interviews

BUILD MY RESUME

This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Galen writes: I have been searching for a job for about 2 and 1/2 months. Every one I show my resume to, or e-mail/fax/snail mail to says that they really like my resume, or WOW, or this is a really strong resume. Problem is no interviews, no follow-up calls from headhunters on-line or otherwise for jobs which I submitted my resume. Many of these jobs I am definitely qualified for, some over qualified, some under. Most, 80% fall into the definitely qualified for.
  1. What am I doing wrong?
  2. How do I get the headhunters to respond?
  3. etc.

The Career Doctor responds: A key part of any job-search is follow-up. It’s not good enough just to be pounding the pavement, sending out cover letters and resumes, expanding your network of contacts, responding to job ads and postings, and contacting headhunters and recruiters. All those activities are important, but they’ll all be for naught unless you take the time to follow-up every single job lead. No interviews is a bad sign to me. It means that there is something wrong with your job search…and probably not just your lack of follow-up. I strongly urge you have a career professional — a resume service, a former boss or colleague, or a headhunter — carefully review your resume and cover letter. In fact, you should have him or her evaluate your entire job search plan. I also strongly suggest you read our article, Ten Questions to Ask Yourself if You Still Haven’t Found a Job, published on Quintessential Careers. The article discusses some of the common roadblocks to a successful job-search — and how to get through them.

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