As many of you know, I have written an e-book called Your ‘Right Fit’ Job: Guide to Finding Work You Love. In it, I lay out a step-by-step process for identifying the kind of work you really want to do and then preparing the marketing plan and materials to secure that work.
Over time, I've gotten a number of questions from people who've read my book or who know I write on career transformation. Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Why do you recommend being specific about the job I want? Many people tell me I should be more general.
2. I don’t have any measurable accomplishments. So how should I write my resume?
3. What do I say when someone asks me what work I am seeking? I can’t seem to say it in a few sentences, plus people never seem to have any suggestions or help to offer.
4. I’m hoping to get into a new field but I don’t know a lot about it or anyone working in it. How can I make that transition?
5. I finished my Must Have List. Now what do I do with it?
6. I can’t seem to find any jobs that match my criteria. What do I do now?
7. Does it really matter if I have a LinkedIn profile? It seems like a repetition of my resume. Do employers even look at it?
8. I’ve been out of work for many months. How do I explain what I’ve been doing without looking like a failure?
9. It seems like I’m overqualified for so many jobs. What can I do to persuade employers that I’m worth interviewing?
10. I’ve sent out so many resumes and never get an interview. What can I do differently?
11. How do you recommend I follow up with employers at various points in the hiring process? I don’t want to be intrusive yet I don’t want to be forgotten.
12. I have no trouble getting interviews but I haven’t gotten an offer. What could I do to land a job?
13. I’m so frustrated and anxious, and feel such pressure to get any job. I feel like I’ve done everything in your book. What have I missed?
Over the next couple of weeks, I'll provide answers to these questions. If you have any other issues you'd like addressed, drop me a comment. I'll be delighted to address what I can! And I have access to other career experts through www.careerealism.com who have lots of great advice and experience to share, as well. Check them out yourself.