Job Hunt Help
You’ve Sent Your Résumé and Now… Crickets
You’re working so hard on your job hunt. Why aren’t you getting called in for an interview? Or maybe you get the interviews, but never the job offer. You’re starting to suspect you’re doing something wrong, but what?
It’s hard to ask to be evaluated in what we’re doing, especially if you get enough of that already from a hypercritical boss or co-worker. It can feel as vulnerable as sitting on the exam table with the gown flapping open in back in the freezing office. But sometimes its necessary to keep yourself healthy.
The same goes for your career. Job hunting skills don’t stay fresh year after year if you don’t use them, and our career goals don’t stay the same, year after year, either.
You can schedule a session with me to get feedback on your job hunt, your documents, and your strategy.
This type of session is for you if:
- You’re just starting your job hunt but your confidence is low. You wish there were a way to feel ready for what’s ahead.
- You’ve been searching for a while for a job but are not happy with the results. Maybe you’re not getting enough interviews, or you’re getting subpar job leads and you suspect you could do better.
- You’re not motivated to keep going. You’re just not excited about your target job. Maybe you want to try a different line of work, but what?
When a job hunt isn’t working, often it’s because you need more clarity. Sometimes it’s on the industry, size of organization, or job title. Sometimes it’s a nagging feeling that you’d like to leave some job duties behind, but you don’t know how.
I’ve put together a process for clarifying your next move, then going after it. Typically this takes 4, 1-hour sessions, but it may be more or less, depending on your circumstances.
We often start with a skills assessment. What do you feel confident doing? Is there a skill you’re ready to leave behind? What do you want to learn next?
Then we move on to values and interests. What is most important to you? What fascinates you? What are you curious about?
Next, we create a game plan, with manageable steps. We get you started moving on them and troubleshoot any obstacles.
Finally, we look at your documents (résumé, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile), to make sure they align with your overall career goals.
I’m a Global Career Development Facilitator and a Certified Professional Resume Writer. I have helped with job hunts in a wide range of industries with students at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, as well as for my own clients. Please see my “about” page for more information on my qualifications.
‘Meredith empowered me to go after a job!’
“I really liked working with Meredith. The relaxed atmosphere of her office put me at ease. We exchanged a few emails, phone calls, and had a great in-person meeting. Her knowledge and expertise helped me feel confident and motivated to pursue a job. After our meeting, I jumped right into researching what to do next. Meredith empowered me to go after a job!”
—Amy, job hunter, now back to work after a hiatus
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you prefer to work in person or by phone/online?
I’ve switched to conducting meetings on the Zoom video platform, mostly because of the horrible traffic most weekdays in my area. If you’d prefer to meet in person, I use a shared office space near the Columbia, Md. mall.
What if I need to cancel?
I understand that life happens. I ask that clients give me 24 hours notice if they need to reschedule.
What if I feel confident in one part of the job hunt? Can I skip that part of the check-up and focus on what I’d like to improve?
Yes. If you feel confident in one area, we can focus on what you want to improve. You can use it to discuss your skills and interests, or use it to get more feedback on your resume, for instance.
Do you give homework?
Yes, between appointments we decide together on appropriate next steps to take to move you forward in the job hunt. It may be updating a section of the resume, or researching target companies for your job search. It may be some reading.
What if I don’t do the homework, or meet my goals in some way?
We discuss obstacles you encountered, and brainstorm ways to work around them. I don’t believe in shaming, punishing, or badgering people. Life happens! But we will discuss how to move forward productively.