En Route: A Career Blog

Being Realistic

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: March 16, 2010 at 10:26 am

In this economy, it’s not enough to craft a stellar resume and to submit it to countless recruiters and hiring managers. No matter how terrific your background is, no matter your outstanding accomplishments, the reality is there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of equally-qualified candidates out there all vying for the same position.

Does that mean you should throw up your hands and give up?

Not at all.

The New Normal

What it does mean is that you need to remain realistic. Gone are the days when a candidate could send out five resumes and receive four calls for interviews and a bidding war for the individual’s services. Today, each of us has to realize that even with a hundred resumes sent out, there may be no call backs. So, we have to submit again and again.

We may also have to take a lesser position to get our foot in the door. We may have to transition to a growing industry if ours is contracting or being outsourced.

Past Achievements Still Count

A great, accomplishment-based resume is always a terrific way to begin the job hunt. But it’s no longer the be-all and end-all. It’s only one part of a very long process.

The key is to keep submitting your resume, keep looking for opportunities and to recognize an opportunity when it arrives. It may not be what you dreamed about, but it could be the chance for something better in the future.