Its hard to be a job hunter. If you were forced into the position, due to a job loss, the experience is especially bitter. Often you might teeter-totter back and forth between depression and elation, not quite sure which side of the fence your stance should be more firmly entrenched upon.
Nevertheless, you find that, despite having applied for fifty different jobs, only one or two, possibly none have called you.
Not to worry though. If you have done your job on the resume, your efforts will shine through. Especially if you have the work history. Often times the trouble emminates from the fact that your friends at X-Company or Y-Company have been going through stacks of resume of which only 5 are actually qualified to do the work.
I find myself frustrated by little details, I admit. Some companies want to know upfront how much you are hoping to get from them monetarily. However, one of the cardinal rules of interviewing is to not even broach the topic until the second or third interview. How is a person supposed to know what's appropriate?!!
I considered pairing down my resume again, but everytime I do, a person inevitable asks me for every detail of X-Company because, for that position, the work I did there is more relevant to what they do than the company I just left.
Something you just have to take for granted is that, no matter what stage you are in this economy, or job search struggle, you are going to feel like a failure some days and like a hero the others. Just don't bust your arm patting yourself on the back, or choke yourself when you need to feel the love. Strength, as our Grandparents knew, comes from determination, grit, drive, and family. If you don't have a family, then friends.
My brother once told me that he had gone through one hundred and thirty eight interviews. He wasn't bragging. He was simply illustrating how hard it is, sometimes, to show an employer that you are determined to get in there and fight for them. He's a professor in a college in another state. He also helped me tweak my resume.
Resources are important.
A collegue of mine, at a temp assignment I am doing work for, has just lost her job. She is getting a six month severance package. There is no way she would have gotten that much two years ago. She also gets to train for interviews and resume changes with a local service. She's pumped up. I've picked her brain and she's a natural born talker.
Use whatever you can to get where you hope to go. Make friends, Be friendly, Ask for permission to use them as references, ask permission to get their contact info and give it out.
You're worth it, and so is whatever you have to fight for.
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