Your Résumé is Junk Mail, Your Phone Should Be Your Significant Other & Other Job-Search Truths

A few random thoughts for your job-search:

1 – Do NOT stop your search over the holidays. This will be a killer for any momentum you have (hopefully) built up plus your competition is probably taking December off so you might have less resistance in making things happen.

2 – If you are not ready to really invest in spending quality time with your phone you will need a lot of luck to make things happen in your search (your phone should be your significant other during your job-search).

3 – A résumé will never land you a job – you will. When you send in your résumé to a company it is no better than a piece of junk mail in most cases.

4 – Always be honest with yourself and others in your search – lying will only cost you in the long run.

5 – Get with the times – people and companies are recruiting and sharing a lot of good information on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. There is no excuse to not know how to use those as part of your job-search.

6 – If you are unsure how to do something as part of your search (see number five) use Google to learn how.

7 – There is a job out there for you (that’s the good news) BUT you will probably have to do some things that you are not accustomed to like picking up the phone and networking with people you don’t know to make it happen (that’s the bad news).

8 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Until next time – good hunting and good luck!

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5 responses to “Your Résumé is Junk Mail, Your Phone Should Be Your Significant Other & Other Job-Search Truths

  1. So what do you mean, exactly, when you say “picking up the phone and networking with people you don’t know”?

    I really have no idea what that means. I do know that unsolicited calls about work will turn most people off and since you don’t know who is going to hurt you the most in your job search if you piss them off, how do you make sure that the person you are cold calling isn’t one of the ones you shouldn’t piss off?

    With so many unemployed people out there are company HR people REALLY looking forward to having them all call and chat them up about job openings?

    • Pete –

      Thanks for reading!!

      You are missing the point on networking. Unless you are in HR you should never call an HR person – you should be getting yourself in front of hiring managers BEFORE they have an opening.

      Check out this link on productive networking http://wp.me/prVGF-62

  2. This information is so true!
    Thank you!
    Donna 😀

  3. Matt,
    Yet again you hit the nail on the head. Everyone I am networking with now that is looking like myself, I have told them this is the time to go after openings hard and heavy. I know this is considered the ‘locked in period’ of the year but planting seeds now will flourish sooner than we think. Bless you for placing that verse there from Jeremiah. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Your partner in crime,
    Don

  4. i think the problem is too many people try to take shortcuts when writing a resume and they dont really reflect on their personal goals and achievements

    ….PS Jeramiah 29:11 is awesome but so is verses 12-13!!!.

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