Who knew when finally settled into a career trajectory that some decisions would have to be revisited? If the original trajectory came about by happenstance or coincidence, as is certainly true for many of us, then a restart can be extra challenging.
What are the concrete, objective truths in job search?
First you need a new job, one that will pay enough to cover your current obligations and hopefully leave something to allow for new ones. But from there it gets highly subjective – a new job on the familiar trajectory (same title, different company), or go in a different direction? How to go about looking? And so on.
You need to create a resume. Dig in and it again becomes subjective – chronological or functional format? How far to go back? Dates or no dates? LinkedIn profile? How about a picture? And so on.
Each person that you talk to assures you that they are sharing the absolute truth. I could list off what I like to see when I am reading resumes. I could tell you what I think has been successful for me. But so can everyone else, and many answers will exactly contradict a previous one.
Some offer professional advice. They have found a job through the sheer volume of job seekers. What are their qualifications? Do they have a list of references? This area is fraught with fraud, unfortunately.
But the truth is complicated and highly individualized. What turns out to be your truth can be just the wrong thing for someone else. And the opposite as well. Job search is a subjective and highly conditional experience. Which doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep your eyes and ears open for some nugget of useful information. It does mean that you will have to develop your own vetting process for all that information, all that truth from others.
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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