This is a question I have been asking myself recently, just how many resumes can I send out with little or no reaction. Actually what almost always happens is I send out a bunch of resumes, I get calls from Executive Recruiters; they typically want to have at length conversations, which is fine. Then many want me to fill out a 10 page document going over recent “wins” my strengths, awards I have received; stuff they should be doing as they talked to me in the first place. In a way the E/R are in the same position I am; they earn their money by placing candidates in jobs, so the harder they push a candidate like me to go interview somewhere the more likely they are to make a commission. Except, most of them just try to push you into the job opening, instead of seeing if the job opening is a good fit. I can’t tell you the countless hours I have wasted talking to E/Rs. The ones here in NYC also immediately want to meet you, like they have a quota or something. Meeting is of course a bigger waster of time since it involves putting on a suit and going into Manhattan (We live in Brooklyn) then having a 10 minute conversation, then never hearing back from them again. You might be thinking that I am complaining about getting responses from my resume; yes I am! ha! Seriously though, I have just seen it happen too many times with E/Rs where they aren’t even able to secure an interview with the hiring company. If they had done their homework they might have realized I wasn’t a good fit for the hiring company and not wasted my time or theirs. This has happened to me over 50 times so I know what I am talking about.
It seems I am over qualified for most of the job openings I see listed. When job openings say they require 1 – 3 years experience some one with over 15 years of digital advertising experience need not apply. As I have mentioned before I do think there is age discrimination for people over 40, over 50 etc. So back to my original question, just how many resumes can you send out without saying NO MORE! I haven’t reached that point yet, underneath all of my cynicism I am actually an optimist and think things will work out for the best. I don’t know if there is a place for me in Corporate America. The qualities I excel at don’t really fit into one job description. I have 25+ years of excellent sales experiences, selling double/triple people I had been working with; I have excellent strategy skills, strategy for both how to create a product people will want, and how to position it so people will buy it. I have excellent relationship building and managing skills; maybe of my clients go back over a decade. With this blog I am hearing that I write well and have a voice. This leaves self employed careers as an option, being a career coach, a life coach, a sales consultant. Yes, these are all options. If anyone out there is reading this and liking what they are reading and are hiring feel free to contact me or throw a suggestion my way, I’d love that! So, I have not reached the no more resume point, yet!