Seek The Truth

by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning, Christian Author

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," and "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 14:2; 3:16-17)

Seek The Truth - by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning, Christian Author

Job hunting ain’t what it used to be

Job hunting isn’t even like what it was 3 years ago.

It’s a buyer’s market out there. That means that for each position advertised, recruiters, h.r. managers and potential employers get thousands of resumes. They have their pick and they’re going to take their time and find the person that best fits the position.

It takes time to sort through them and narrow down the search to 3-5 people whom they’d like to personally interview. Many use automated software to sort the resumes and pull the ones that have 80% of the keywords matching the job description. In other words, to get noticed, you must edit your resume to match the job description including your “objective” or title. The title should be the same or close the job title that is posted.

I’ve been at this for over a year. Makes me think back at all the job interviews and what I did wrong.

Last night I attended the Employment Network Group at North Phoenix Baptist Church and the speaker Zena Contreras, a former recruiter, gave an eye-opening presentation.

What struck me the most was when she said that in this economy it’s not the time to “reinvent yourself” – that is change careers or try something new. If you don’t have experience in a particular industry, like medical or architectural/engineering/construction (A/E/C), someone with that specific industry experience will be chose over you. Even if you have lots of “transferable skills”.

The speaker last week said, “If you’re sending resumes and not getting interviews, then there’s something wrong with your resume. If you’re getting interviews and not getting job offers, then there’s something wrong with your interviewing skills.

If you get a interview, you’re halfway to getting the job.

Recruiters scan each resume in 10 seconds. If the top 2 inches of your resume doesn’t catch their attention, forget it. You’re in the reject pile.

From the time you apply for a job till they get to review the resumes, you have 1 to 2 weeks. Zena said NOT to call the recruiter. Send a note instead – by postal mail. They are more likely to see your name and then purposefully look for your resume.

Besides knowing someone who works at that company, that’s the best tactic. Use to find the name of the recruiter or hiring manager. You need to become a detective. If you don’t have your profile set up on LinkedIn, do it now! LinkedIn also has groups to join to get leads and networking advice as well as job postings.

No matter where you are, there are agencies out there that offer free services from resume building, resume reviews, interview skills, networking, online job search hints. Goodwill is one of them.

I’ve gotten the most leads from and Craig’s List. Some from the county and state sites, a few from

And if you’re not computer/tech/Internet savvy, take classes. The public libraries offer free computer classes. This is not time to be “behind the times”. There are a lot of younger, tech savvy people competing for the same jobs as we folks over 40.

Next week I’m taking a class on dealing with the “generation gap”. I once was interviewed by a gal who easily was only 20 years old. Gee, when she was in kindergarten, I was starting my own business.

Having a positive attitude is not easy, but essential. I know I blew an interview when I answered the classic, “where do you see yourself in 5 years” wrong. I said, “It’s hard for me to do that since 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed that I would be in AZ.” When I first lost my job, I was angry and that anger translated into aggressiveness during the job interview.

The answer should be something like, “I hope to be still with this company in a position of greater responsibility.” And it’s not supposed to sound “canned”. You’ve got to make it your own. You may not be asked that, but it’s good to have an answer prepared.

There’s so much more – I could write a book – No, Wait! Someone already did: “What Color is Your Parachute?” It’s full of great advice.

I wrote this last week with other resources including some great bible verses.

Listen to this song, by Sidewalk Prophets
and take the words of the chorus to heart:
Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope.
You’re gonna do great things
I already know.
God’s got His hand on You
So don’t live life in fear.
Forgive and forget
But don’t forget why you’re here.
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say

God Bless,
Soli Deo Gloria

Category: Daily Living
  • tgroom57 says:

    Hi I would add that if you apply online you might like to to follow up with a short phone call to ensure the recruiter received the cv/resume. Often when I phone they will give a completely different email address for me to send it….

    June 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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