See this nice looking fellow?
A buddy of his has been pecking at my office window for the past month.
Every morning, he sits on a branch of a shrub next to the window, picks up steam and smashes into the glass.
He plays this game for hours at a time.
Does he see his reflection and think another bird is coming at him, or does he see an open space to fly into?
Either way, he’s getting nowhere. But he keeps banging against that window, day after day.
I’m sure you’ve heard Einstein’s definition of insanity:
“Doing the same thing over and over again,
and expecting different results.”
You may be among the many executive job seekers guilty of making this mistake . . . locking yourself into a repetitive process even though it’s not working.
If you have a branded, targeted LinkedIn profile (so you’ll be found in online searches) and resume you’ve been using diligently, and you’ve been in a proactive job search (I mean, you’re actively and purposefully networking for a new job) for more than let’s say a month, and you’re getting nowhere . . . no interviews . . .
It’s time to revisit your resume because it’s not positioning you as the good-fit candidate you know you are.
Maybe it doesn’t clearly align your expertise and value proposition with the needs and challenges your target companies are facing right now. If so, go back and stress these attributes and qualifications using the relevant keywords and phrases recruiters and hiring professionals will be looking for.
Or maybe you’ve made the biggest resume writing mistake . . . you haven’t done the personal branding and company/industry targeting work you MUST do first, before even attempting to write your resume.
Either way, take another look at your resume. If it’s broke, fix it!
Put yourself in the place of the people who will be assessing you through it (and your LinkedIn profile). Make sure your promise of value hits home with them.
photo by hart_curt