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We’ve all been there, we’ve all done that.  We’ve sent out resumé after resumé, accompanied by an absolutely “killer” cover letter detailing those special skills and talents that make us the perfect choice for a job listing.  Then we wait . . .and wait . . .and wait some more.  We send follow-up letters, phone calls (during which we’re told “in all sincerity” our resumé has been received and will be reviewed; if we’re deemed “qualified”, we’ll be contacted).  So we wait some more and still, no job offers.  After this happens more than a few times, we begin to wonder why we’re not getting any responses.  That’s when the “negatives” start to plague us.  Am I too old (or too young)?  Maybe I don’t have enough experience (or too much)!  Maybe I should’ve gotten my Bachelor’s degree (or my Master’s).

Rejection is never easy to take.  It’s hard enough after you’ve finally gotten a long-awaited interview (I recently waited two-and-a-half months for an interview), but when your resumes, letters, applications and follow-ups get no response, it’s more a feeling of being ignored, than being rejected.  First, you get angry, then frustrated; finally, you become depressed and begin to wonder if all the crap on the job search websites you’ve been haunting isn’t just a pile of bull flop.  Pretty soon you find yourself ready to give up, throw in the towel.

Before you think one more thought, Stop!  Keep in mind although the economy is supposedly “coming around” — slowly, there are still several million people out there, looking for work.  For every job listing you see in the newspaper, on a website or job board, there are hundreds of people (perhaps thousands) actively trying to land those jobs.  You are only one of them.  Recruiting managers, employment consultants and resumé screeners are inundated with applications for employment every day; literally, thousands of resumes cross their desks (or computer screens) every week.  It takes time to sort through all those pieces of data.  Many HR people (especially those in large companies) use  computer programs designed to target keywords found in resumes and cover letters to screen applicants.  Others do it “old school”, sorting through their “slush pile” of resumes by hand.  In either case, it takes time for the “cream to come to the top”.

In any event, it does you no good to quit.  It does you no good to settle for less.  The jobs are out there.  Your job is out there.  But you’ll never find it if you give up, if you settle.  Now is the time to re-evaluate your resume, check those keywords, reconnect with your network, start cold-calling.  Do whatever it takes to keep yourself in the game.

And one other thing.  Don’t be intimidated by that “Bachelor’s Degree Required” item in the job requirements of a job listing.  Unless it states a specific degree is required, very often a degree is not a requirement for the position.  This is true especially in the Human Services/Social Services sector.  The degree requirement is there to justify the pay rate for the position.  Besides, there’s always that little “or equivalent experience” disclaimer attached.  So do not be intimidated!  There is, very often, especially in a tight job market, some “wiggle room” in the job requirements that will allow you to snag a position.  But it’s only there if you are.


Written by stevewthomas

June 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm

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  1. Amen.
    As Woody Allen said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

    - m

    June 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

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