You have revamped your resume, made it new and improved, and the calls still are not coming in for interviews. When you do get called to an interview, people look at you like you have a third eye, and behave in a patronizing manner. You later discover that a person well under age 30 has been hired for the position for which you were eminently qualified. This author experienced such an event. At the interview, the head of the firm was a well-dressed asian attorney who asked exactly three questions: “How old are you? What is your date of birth? Do you drink or do drugs?” He and his wife sat in the conference room. His wife turned her back during the entire interview and read the newspaper. The attorney then said, “I call you,” said something in an asian language to his wife, laughed uproariously, and opened the conference room door, indicating that the interview was concluded.
For experienced, highly skilled workers who have been laid off, exhausted unemployment benefits, worked the temporary agencies, and interviewed locally ad infinitum, here is a unique solution. Be willing to put your resume out there – way out there. Consider employment in other cities, and even other states. For example, many local and state employment agencies have national and even international listings. This is also true of internet agencies, including Career Builder and Monster.com When the calls for interviews come in – and they will – it is important to be extremely well prepared. This includes not only researching the firm or company, but also the city and state in which it is located. Schools, houses of worship, recreation, cost of living, and gasoline prices are all useful information in making a decision to relocate. Keep a positive attitude, and promptly email or fax everything the employer requests from you, including but not limited to job application, credit check forms, and drug screen forms. Be open and honest during the telephone interview, and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. When you are called for the in-person interview, dress professionally, arrive on time, and present yourself in the best way, as you would for any other interview. Having good, checkable references is a must at this time. Once you are hired in your new position, keep it. Show up every day on time, work hard, stay late as needed, and do not complain. Smile, look co-workers and clients in the eye, and help during your down time if you see there is a need. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and there is a job out there for everyone.