You were once inseparable partners. Now, you’ll never go anywhere together. Thoughts of what you wanted to accomplish together seem foolish and misguided; a part of you wants to pretend it just doesn’t exist.
It’s hard to let your resume back into your life. However, that flimsy heartbreaker can be an invaluable friend in the exhausting midsummer job hunt – and how often can you say that about an ex?
It’s easy to fall out of the habit of distributing resumes as the summer wears on, scaling your job hunt back to casually browsing job listings online. It’s time to get creative.
The resume booster
Reestablish the job-seeking-branches you stretched out at the beginning of the summer. Remind your extended family and employed friends that you’re still looking for work, and you’re still eager and ready.
It doesn’t hurt to give these people copies of your resumes to have on hand (this is a good tip in any job hunt). You never know when an unexpected vacancy will open up .
Ask these people what kind of jobs might open at your level. Then provide them with copies of two different resumes:
- an all-purpose summary of your work experience to date
- a targeted resume aimed at any job opening they might have a connection to within your experience
Working your network expands the range of opportunities that might come your way–and you only need one to pay off.
Diversifying resumes allows you to cover both ends of the job spectrum. Your network will be able to push your information towards any general opening they hear of, while giving you a leading edge if something in their workplace comes up.
A targeted resume is the easiest way to capitalize on a personal connection, and gives you the best chance of competing with runner-ups from the original hiring competition – or anyone else from the employer’s stack of summer resumes.
This is an invaluable move, but it doesn’t cover places where you don’t have an in. That’s next.