I am leaving the country tomorrow! and the family will follow in a minutely planned logistical operation during the summer. Having secured a position as Technical Manager at one of Englands top Uniform Suppliers, the future promises both challenge and inspiration.
Having already lived in England for 14 years of my working life it is not really a bid deal for me, but I am grateful that my husband and youngest daughter who have not had this experience before are willing to give it a go. We have been planning our lifes in a ”double track” kind of way since last August when we first had the idea that we should move. Applying for jobs in both countries and letting fate decide whether to stay or go. England delivered!
Of course it will be a bit hard to be separated, but we will see each other every three weeks and then in July/August we will all be together again, in a different town and a different house. Watch this space for news 🙂
We will miss many things, and other things not so much. Our door will of course always be open should any of our friends wish to visit Burbage in Leicestershire, UK
Even though one of my dogs is a trained guide dog for the blind, I find I am struggling to see where I am going from time to time… Not that I am blind but the road ahead does seem a bit obscure sometimes. As I put one foot ahead of the other on the road of job seeking my dear Charlie mostly acts as personal coach and reminder to stay in the moment and focus on each day as it comes. Seeing the road is not easy as it twists and turns quite unpredictably.
“Dear Mrs F. We regret to inform you the position you applied for has been filled by another applicant”
“Oh, Thank you for letting me know. Could I ask for some feedback so that I can improve my applications in the future. I understand you are really busy, but as the answer came from an actual person this time, rather than a system, I thought I would at least ask. All the best / Mrs F”
Happy to help… We think you have a fantastic profile but we’re really looking for someone with less experience.
Happy to help… We think you have a fantastic profile but we’re really looking for someone junior that has experience in all the criteria we have set for this post and anyway we judge you to be overqualified.
Happy to help… We think you have a fantastic profile but we’re really looking for someone with more experience.
Happy to help… We think you have a fantastic profile but we’re really looking for someone with at least five years of experience for this junior role.
Happy to help… We think you have a fantastic profile but there were other applicants with more relevant experience than you have.
Same kind of jobs, same level, same criteria asked for in the ads and the only answer that seems reasonable to me is number five. It truly is a jungle out there and perhaps I need a sharper machete to cut my own path instead of trying to find an existing one.
Of course every employer has a wish list, just like I do when it comes to the dream job but being told I am inexperienced in the wrong way, or too experienced, makes me feel half the applications are a waste of time as the true profile for the job is much narrower than the ad. Not in a sour grapes kind of way. More like ”gosh this must create an awful lot of extra work for everybody involved that slows down the whole system”…
I just can’t wait for the day when I can turn my back on my Sisyphus stone of application writing and start to make a difference. Preferably in a workplace where my work also helps improve quality of life for individuals or society as a whole. In the meantime I shall go and pet my retrievers to ground myself and try to remember that the true value of a person is based on internal quality, not external attributes.
When writing a personal presentation you have to somehow create value around the total lifelong learning and experiences you have collected. This is particularly true when writing résumés and personal letters when looking for work. So how do you compress your personality, your training and your past experience onto two pages, and how do you get the person on the other side to actually read it?
Well, if I knew that I would not currently be in the very position of having to do that, but having done extensive research on the matter I have made a few observations that I now try to follow…
It is all about the future
Telling all about your past experience and results will not make anyone impressed. The person reading wants to know what you will bring to them and feel that you have passion and a game plan to make that happen.
Think like a spy
Everything you put into your application pack has to be based on the basis of “need to know”. Focus on what the prospective employer needs and build your application around that.
Do your research
Don’t just see who you know on Linked In that could help. Learn all about the company. Find out what kind of person will fit in the group, and if that is you, describe yourself as such. For example, if the company lists social responsibility as one of their core values you should mention any experience of voluntary work.
If, like me, you don’t like picking up the phone to a prospective employer, try to think what you as a person can do in a wider strategy to get noticed. A few of the options open to try are blog, a video or a digital CV to link to; any medium that will show your personality is good. Remember to portray your true self as that is what they will expect when you get employed. No matter how good you are at adapting you still have to show your true colours…
The biggest obstacle, for me at least, is to hold on to the value of that internal estate when I get turned down, or not selected for an interview. When this happens I have to remind myself that what I carry inside as skills and experience is is valuable, and not let anyone call it bric a brac.
In summary, you have to make the employer see from your application what the future would be like with you as an employee. If anyone has more or better suggestions about getting the attention of recruiters please feel free to share in the comments below J.
Like with most things practice will make perfect so a favourable breeze in cosmos will most likely blow in my direction pretty soon…