October 12, 2012
Dr. Susan Gilbert, dean of the School of Business and Technology at Thomas Edison State College
As an educator and dean, I have been witness to lots of successful and unsuccessful job searches.
This is probably the worst job market for new graduates and career changers that I’ve seen in my 24 years in higher education. Because most of us work in “lean” conditions, with more work on our plates than can be covered in the normal work day, employers and HR representatives and search teams are using as many criteria as possible to efficiently sift through the stacks of resumes received for each opening.
And even at the interview stage, they will likely see five or 10 highly qualified individuals which must be whittled down to two or three finalists. For those of you currently seeking a new position, below is some feedback I have collected over the years as to why a candidate was not selected.
Note that none of this has to do with qualifications or fit or interest. Remember, we all get rejected at one time or another – so please stay positive and try not to take it personally!
I hope you find this material helpful as you consider your strategy and approach to searching for a job.
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