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|If You're Perfect for the Job, Why Don't They Call You?
The ad sounded like it was written for you. It leapt off the
screen, and you immediately double-checked your
resume, wrote a good cover letter, and emailed it a day
or so later.
Now here it's a few days later, and you are mystified
you haven't heard from them, other than the usual
"Thank you for submitting your resume, we'll be in
touch if we're interested in you". You double-check
your In folder, and nothing is there. You check your
folder and no "Call us!" mail is there. You even have a
friend email you to test your email system, and all's
fine. So why hasn't the company called?
This is a common story I hear from people in networking
groups and elsewhere: "It was perfect for me, so why
aren't they calling?"
Sure, there are the mechanical things to do that you
need to pay attention to: answering the ad quickly,
before they cut off submissions (an issue today
because of the sheer number of applicants); making
sure your resume is accurate and honest and
error-free; in the
cover email, matching yourself to the open position;
making sure your LinkedIn profile is active and not just
But what the employer is looking for is the person who
not only matches the major aspects of the position.
They are also looking for the person who
communicates to them -- and shows evidence of
-- two things:
- Being very good at what they do, and
- A proactive involvement in their work and long-
term forward commitment to it
Now most good candidates would say that they
possess these two qualities. But are you
"Being very good at what they do" means the
employees hired today show their successes in all
their communications. They point to accomplishments,
and they use metrics when appropriate.
"A proactive involvement in their work..." means the
person has gone out of their way to develop additional
skills, even if they were not required by the job. They
learned a new programming language, or they
learned new project management methodology. They
did not wait for the company to pay for the course, they
went ahead and paid for it themselves. They show that
they keep up with what's new, and they attend
So if you're doing those good things but not showing
them, make some changes in your approach. Then you
should see that you're getting noticed, despite the
economy and the numbers of competitors you may have.
|Landings, and Thank You for your referrals!
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by her new employer through network contacts on
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knowledge, and your very positive attitude, Julie!
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|Tip of the Month
Thought of the Day:
Nothing great has ever been achieved except
by those who dared believe that something inside
them was superior to circumstances.
-- Bruce Barton
Tip of the Month:
Have a text version of your resume ready to use
for those text boxes on company web sites where they
say "paste part of your resume here". Using text
instead of Word will ensure that it comes across to the
employer the way you want.
We are proud members of:
- Assn of Career Professionals Int'l
- Career Management Alliance
- Chapman Private Practice Alliance
- Business Networking International
Ever since a colleague called Joanne Meehl "The
Resume Queen" years ago, and she then
trademarked the title, Joanne has strived to live up to
the name by constantly keeping her resumes in tune
with what employers will read. Since then, she added
Queen" (now also trademarked), and uses this
title more often,
better reflects the breadth of
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Job search networking, November 5th and
Face2Face Job Search Networking, Wayzata,
Minnesota. Speaker on 11/5: Image Consultant Linda
Froiland on "Matching the Outside to the Inside During
Your Job Search", about your personal presentation.
Joanne Meehl addresses "New Myths of Today's Job
Search -- AND Workplace -- and How to Keep Them
From Hobbling Your Search". Details are at this
upcoming speakers link. Face2Face
Search Networking for Professionals in Wayzata,
is the group that Joanne Meehl and Kelly Oslund
Thursday mornings a month.
What will you
find, if you attend? Plenty of new
information about the job search in this very
competitive job market, effective networking,
camaraderie with 50 to 75 of your peers, great
speakers on current topics, and a chance to sharpen
your focus so that you get noticed by hiring
managers. We guarantee this group will add
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