The Job Search isn’t a One Fits All Process

target puzzleFind a job today is like trying to hit a moving target.  The rules keep changing.  The people involved in the hiring practice don’t all agree on what is standard throughout the job search world.  What’s a job searcher to do?


Job searchers today must understand the status of the job search at this moment.  They need keep up with the latest strategies.   Another thing they should know is more than one way to do things.  But most of all they, know what strategies to use and when.  Knowing all this makes for a successful job search.

There are many different types of resumes and cover letters.  New job search websites become available.  Managing your network is essential but the best ways and the best sites change.  And, by the way, you have to keep up with social media.  Sounds more like a full time job to me.


Knowing when to use each type of resume and cover isn’t easy to do, because the individuals in the HR profession don’t always agree on what they want and like.  I invited several hr people to a networking group I facilitate to answer questions from job searchers.  They didn’t have one constant requirement for resumes or cover letters.  Each one had a different preference, which is why I say job search is like trying to hit a moving target.


Job searchers have to know their industry to decide what is appropriate.  One woman I know worked in hr for several years.  She often said that the different functions of the company had different expectations for their candidates.


The other thing job searchers need to do is make sure their résumé is flawless.  It needs to be proof read several times by more than one person.  It needs to be neat and well organized.  The first reader of the résumé in a company isn’t the hiring manager, so it should be clear to the reader that the candidate meets the needs of the position by using plenty of keywords found in the job posting.   And each job you apply for, needs a résumé crafted for that specific position.  It is a time consuming effort but one that will pay off when you are hired for the job that best suits your experience and skills.


As a career coach, I hear the different ways people have landed jobs.  Some tell me they followed the “rules”, others tell me they thought out of the box, and there are those who combined the two.  What I hope you get from this article is that there is more than one way to get a job.  Learn as much as you can about each method so you won’t be tied down to one approach because there are many effective ways to get a job.  Be open and aware.  Good Luck!!


Do you have any suggestions to know what type you need?


Arleen Bradley is a certified career coach and certified job loss recovery coach.  She assists clients in moving beyond job loss grief in order to land dream jobs.  To learn more about the Job Loss Recovery Program and how you can benefit from it, log on to

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4 Comments to "The Job Search isn’t a One Fits All Process"

  1. January 7, 2013 - 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I have been working for myself for the last 8 years and I miss working in a team with others. One of the hurdles that I have presented to myself has been creating and completing my CV. For someone like myself what would you suggest doing for CV with fact that I have been self employed for so long?.

  2. January 7, 2013 - 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Excellent article and great ideas! I’ve actually added a small color photo to my resume and cover letter. It’s a very professional photo and it got me into several doors. Not sure if that’s standard or what the rules are for that kind of thing, but it has worked for me anyway.

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