Early & Mid-Career Candidates: Take Your Career to the Next Level
You've been in your position for a while. You may even have made some progression in your career. But now you feel stuck. You've gained some great skills but employers don't seem interested in what you have to offer. And the few interviews you have had...well...they aren't leading to job offers.
What can you do?
Level Up Career Services can help. I've worked with many candidates in similar positions. The problems are usually very similar, regardless of education level, industry or amount of experience:
1. YOUR JOB SEARCH IS REACTIVE AND LACKS FOCUS
Most job seekers take the same approach when looking for a new job: they search job posting boards and apply to as many positions as they can with the same out-dated resume they used for their last job search. Job searching in 2019 requires a completely different approach, including developing a job search strategy that gains you access to the "hidden job market."
2. YOUR RESUME FAILS TO CONVEY YOUR POTENTIAL VALUE TO AN EMPLOYER
Most early/mid-career candidates write their resumes the same way: they list a "me-focused" objective and all the responsibilities they had in all their past jobs. While this approach may have worked for job seekers 20 years ago, resumes today need to be "employer-focused" and accomplishment-specific. Unfortunately, many candidates have difficulty identifying their past achievements, and even fewer are able to successfully incorporate those accomplishments into their resume in such a way that grabs a recruiter's attention.
3. YOUR INTERVIEWING SKILLS NEED REFINING & POLISHING
Most early/mid-career candidates make the same mistake in an interview: they take the interview questions at face value. While many questions are exactly as they seem, other questions can be deceiving. Without a good understanding of what the questions are really asking, many candidates answer in such a way as to eliminate themselves from consideration without even knowing it.
In other cases, candidates may have a solid understanding of the type of answers they should be providing, but lack a strong delivery.
After a few emails and meeting with Tami for the first time, I instantly knew that this would be a beneficial experience. The level of professionalism combined with sincerity I received made the process very easy and understandable. I now feel confident that I am able to present myself as well as my resume in such a way that will result in getting hired for the appropriate job opportunity.
- Ryan, Livonia, MI