It makes me feel sad when I hear people say they have applied for many different jobs and they have not even had a reply!
Why? I ask myself.
Speaking from an ex-recruiters’ perspective, it can be for a number of reasons.
- A poorly written CV
- No cover letter or a poorly written one
- Lack of experience
- Lack of skills
- Lack of knowledge
The thing is, you can do something about all of these and if you keep getting the same answer, for example, no answer at all, then it’s time to change what you are doing because it obviously isn’t working.
There are a number of people and places that can help you to write a good CV and cover letter and that is something I can help you with as part of my new redundancy services.
With regards to lack of experience, skills or knowledge, that is something that you need to learn for yourself and what better way to do it, than by going on a course.
This is particularly true if you are attempting a change of career and you are competing in a market with plenty of people who do have those credentials.
By going on a course, you will be able to decide if your new career, is one that you are passionate about and if it’s the right ‘fit’ for you.
A course will also:
- Raise your self-confidence
- Raise your self-esteem
- Give you an idea of what the job may entail
- Make you feel you are doing something worthwhile
- Give you direction
- Give you a sense of purpose
- Enhance your communication skills
- Show you have something ‘current’ to offer a new employer
- Make you feel better
- Give you a sense of fulfilment
- Give you a greater sense of achievement
- Make you realise, you can do it
So search your local college or university prospectus to find out more about various courses. Many hold open evenings so that you can talk through your options.
Search the web for long-distance courses or other local courses.
Ask at the job centre, what local places hold free courses if you are on JSA. There are often places that you can go to, to get a free or heavily subsidised course but you need to ask about these. I have found a fair few in my local area.
Speak to your family, friends and contacts. They may have gone on a course you didn’t realise they had been on and word of mouth is a good way of hearing about it.
Good luck and let me know how you get on.
- Writing a Good Cover Letter (answers.com)
- How Important are Cover Letters? (verigentllc.wordpress.com)
- Resume Tip: Cover Letters Matter (rackspace.com)