Career Calling

October 30, 2013

Keep Your Job Search Targeted

I wrote recently about diminished prospects for young workers, including new college graduates.  Earlier today I met with a young woman who graduated two years ago with a degree in liberal arts.  Her resume was set up to focus on jobs in business analysis, even though her qualifications in that area were limited.  I asked her what she wanted to do.  She told me operations and management.

Where did that come from?  After graduating, she spent a year and a half working in a family business where she came to manage all aspects of operations, including accounts payable and receivable.  The more we talked, the more I came to see how this client was very qualified for the kind of jobs she was seeking.  What we needed to do was write a resume that aligned her experience with the kind of jobs she wanted to pursue.  That’s our next step in getting this job search to be more targeted.

It’s a difficult job market for people of all ages.  Anyone looking for a job needs to assess the direction of their search and keep it as focused as possible.  As Henry David Thoreau wrote long ago: “In the long run, we only hit what we aim at.”  Success starts with knowing your target.

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