What Does It Take to Get a Job Today? Resume Writer Shares 10 Lessons from 10 Years of Coaching Job Seekers
What does it take to get a job today? This simple question has many answers.…
Why is it so difficult to get an interview? I would argue it’s actually not complicated—although you should not misinterpret this to mean it is easy. Here are the two key things you need to know when you are trying to get that interview, and ultimately, your next job:
Networking and having stellar professional documents are two sides of the same coin. An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education stated the relationship perfectly:
“It is important to note that while Sue’s networking got her in the door, it didn’t give her an inside track. She still had to present a résumé and cover letter that demonstrated relevant skills and experience, and she still had to argue her case persuasively during the interview process. Because of her advance groundwork, however, she went into the process with a much clearer idea of how to make a case for herself, compared with many other candidates.”
Even if a potential employer thinks of you when a job opening occurs that doesn’t mean you’re a shoo-in for the job. He or she might not be the one who makes the final hiring decision. Even if he or she is, you will still need to look good “on paper.” Without a well-written resume and cover letter, it might be more difficult for them to justify hiring you.
If you hear the word “network” and go into panic mode, there are many resources out there for you (and I’ll share some tips, too, in a later post). In the meantime, read Susan Basalla May and Risa Nystrom McDonell’s article (cited above), because it gives awesome tips for conducting informational, or networking, interviews.