This is a short story on a test I did to prove that resumes don't work. Even though I had big companies like AT&T, Walmart, Coca-Cola, and IBM on my resume, I couldn't get an interview through the ATS systems. It wasn't for a lack of experience or personality.
Hi - I’m urvi (career coach and recruiter) and I know the feeling all too well - the uncertainty and the endless job searching. I've been on my own career journey three times, in 2011, 2014, and 2016, and I've learned that the key to success is being clear and confident about my story, and networking, both with my own network and strangers.
In 2014, when I was on the hunt for my next role, I applied to 500 potential positions with my resume on ATS platforms. But after 8 months, I only received 32 rejection letters and 2 notes asking for more information. No interviews, and definitely no job offers.
ThenI switched up my tactics and focused on telling my own story and path. I created a Marketing Portfolio which includes a vision, bio, and networking letter. I sent these documents, to the leaders of 30 companies I wanted to join because they were focused on bringing in women leaders and innovation within their companies. These were my themes. And in just 45 days, I received 5 interviews and 2 job offers.
This approach gave me a higher return on investment for less time and effort spent filling out online forms. Instead, it gave me the opportunity to start a dialogue with the right people and companies. I was able to focus much more of my time on researching and connecting, instead of tweaking and submitting my resume.
Now through Discovery, we provide you with all the resources, tools, community, and programs you need to do the same for your journey to What's Next!
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