It’s never just your resume. If you find that you are not getting the calls for your second interview or if the repeat interviews are not converting into an offer for a position, you have to consider what’s being assessed here.
Frequently, people make the assumption that it’s the resume. True, it is an important first step. But a resume is at the end of the day, merely a record of what you have done and a teaser as to what you could potentially do. Your letter applying for the job, your phone conversation with that first point of contact, the face to face over coffee are all part of the process that goes beyond the record of what’s possible. They are now looking and considering what is before them – how you come across, your feedback and your response level.
You need to see that in a sea of applicants, all looking and sounding perfectly homogeneous, equipped with the qualifications that you too possess, you need to stand apart. The question is how?
Ask yourself — How much work do you want to put in to make yourself distinct and set yourself quite apart? If you can get past the pain of the work ahead of you, and still consider it a possibility, half the battle is won. If you can’t, then you really can’t expect any other result then, can you?
You can go out there and ask people how to put yourself out there. You can read up about how to be better at your job. You can benchmark against what your colleagues are doing. But you shouldn’t. You should just consider that you want to go all out. All out. And do it. In every aspect of the word, give it everything you got. Every day. You dont need someone else to tell you how to do this because it’s in you to do it and figure it out yourself. Asking someone else and getting them to tell you who and whatit is, is merely a validation of what you already know as being something that you need to do to make things happen for yourself.