With the Nations unemployment rate close to 10%, you are wasting your time sending your resume for a job that you are overqualified for. I know what the majority of people think, and that is if they take a step back to a lower level position, it would be a piece of cake to land a job. There is only one problem with that thought and it sounds good, but it’s not good and sound!
If you see a job that you are overqualified for the reason why people will not hire you is because when the market does turn around, they feel that you will leave for a better opportunity. That is why your resume needs to be fine tuned for a particular job you’re interested in.
With the large number of people currently unemployed, you can only imaging how many resumes come into a company from an ad. For years I have told people that ads don’t work well. In this market that’s an understatement. Clients are using us more than ever because of the bombardment of resumes. If a company is hiring, than they are for the most part using search firms, unless they are just filling their database for the future. I wrote about this in a blog titled Wrong Perception at the beginning of the decline. Companies staff today are without question being overworked. They don’t have the time nor the resources to go through all of the applicants resumes that they receive day in day out. And if they are seriously looking to hire staff, then typically time is of the essence.
If you happen to be one of the fortunate ones to have a recruiter represent you, then make sure for your sake that you do not delay the process. The reason why I use those words is because not everyone will command a fee to be hired. It is only a slight few whereby a company will pay a fee to hire someone. Search firms such as JTL Services, Inc. have large networks of top talent.
This is no time to be lazy, or to procrastinate, but a time to be meticulous to detail. And what is up with these reports I keep hearing about the people who just stopped looking for work? How do you stop looking to get paid or to give up making an income? What ever happened to the “never give up” attitude?