On the telephone, I felt that he did not clearly articulate the type of role he was seeking, he did not communicate his unique qualifications and he did not express passion, excitement or enthusiasm.  After we ended the call I developed a personalized career prescription for him that would require a realistic critique of his current job search process and taking immediate action on ten critical issues.

I really didn’t expect that he would call me back. I was right.

10 Critical Issues Requiring Immediate Attention

  1. The interviews may not be as successful overall as he thinks.  What type of debriefing process is he using to identify the pluses and minuses of his interviewing performance?
  2. The hiring managers are expecting a 32-year old candidate; instead a 45-year old arrives for the interview.  What is he doing during the interview to bridge the gap?  Is age a valid concern?
  3. He feels that the hiring managers may have mistaken viewpoints about his career choices, motivation and potential contributions – but he does nothing before, during or after the interview to offer a different, more compelling Career Story.
  4. Has he identified target companies? Is he targeting companies that are only known for hiring young professionals?
  5. How is he describing his personal brand?  Does he need to rebrand after being out of work for over a year?
  6. Is he willing to launch a massive effort to develop a thought-leader, expert, innovative or ‘go to’ seasoned/veteran professional identity?
  7. How is he staying current on trends, issues, and new requirements? Has he engaged in any education or career development activities in the last year? If he has taken courses, how is he showcasing this new education?
  8. Is he networking with key influencers?  How is he updating and staying in contact with his network?
  9. Does he have: a job search plan, a way to explain 13 months of interviews and no offers, a warm referral network, an accelerated LinkedIn and other social media visibility plan?
  10. What additional marketing collateral has he packaged to develop job leads other than his resume?

The Probability of Reemployment for this Anonymous Caller

PROS

  • Obviously, his resume is getting noticed; he has had more invitations to interview than most other job seekers in a similar amount of time.
  • He seems to still be motivated and he is actively searching.
  • He has a sought-after, brand-name company background.

CONS

  • There is no evidence that he is effectively targeting those companies that would best benefit from employing a person with his background.
  • It does not appear that he has developed a Value Proposition based on meeting the needs of potential employers.
  • He has not developed an effective networking strategy; also he has not implemented a reputation enhancement plan.

Per an AOL Jobs Report, “The average length of a job search is at an all-time high in America. For the unemployed, it’s now well over 7 months. What’s sad is that other studies show people give up looking after 5 months.”

This report doesn’t break out the statistics for re-employment for Managers and Senior Executives – however as a rule, the time to reemployment tends to be longer.  Unfortunately, the longer it takes for reemployment, the greater the probability that my anonymous caller might become one of the new ‘disengaged’ Americans: The 86 Million Invisible Unemployed.

Rx:  13 Months Unemployed, 9 Interviews, No Offers: Reignite Your Career!  The career prescription: he needs to do things differently starting now.

A question for you to consider:

  • If your job was eliminated tomorrow – have you prepared a job search plan that you can implement immediately?

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Christine M. Glasco, Career Coach – consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management, career transition and strategic leadership development solutions.  To request a complimentary copy of Five Tips to Transform Your Executive Career  and to receive Who Needs a One Page Career Plan? You Do!   Website: www.christineglasco.com   Email:  info@christineglasco.com  Phone:  1.940.367.0837

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3 Responses to RX: 13 Months Unemployed, 9 Interviews, No Offers: Reignite Your Career!

  1. Before the economic plunge the rule of thumb was one month out of work for every $10K expected in compensation…making an expectation recalibration for the client. The other important tidbit is: jobs are still filled through networking – not the people in your immediate network but the people who are at least one person away, so the networking question isn’t ‘do you know where I could work’ but ‘do you know someone else (I don’t know) I could talk to about employment?

    • Lunell, excellent suggestion re: networking. Also, there is magic in helping others first when networking – mostly with no expectation of reciprocity. As you know, the best networking connections are made when you are not in crisis.

      Thanks for taking the time to send the message.

      Christine

  2. Lunell, excellent suggestion re: networking. Also, there is magic in helping others first when networking – mostly with no expectation of reciprocity. As you know, the best networking connections are made when you are not in crisis.

    Thanks for taking the time to send the message.

    Christine

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