When it comes to job searching we tend to send our resumes ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE. The problem with this is applying anywhere doesn't get you a job you desire and applying everywhere could mean you're potentially committing to a long commute. Instead, it's suggested that individuals seeking new employment narrow their search and apply to the jobs they're most interested in rather than sending resumes to random companies. In fact, conducting research on a company that you're interested in working for can make you much more likely to get the job. So, rather than relying solely on your resume be proactive and follow these steps to get you closer to the job you desire.
FOCUS & RESEARCH
It's easy to fall into survival mode after losing a job, being laid off, or just wanting to escape a toxic work environment. However, this leads to primal decision making; meaning, you tend to take whatever you get. While this survival method puts money in the bank, its often times at the expense of happiness. To avoid this get ready to stay focused as you will be doing research on your top five industries and companies of your choosing.
You've done your researched, but are you qualified? Be realistic about your skill level and be honest with yourself and any potential employers. If you have skills that can transfer over into a new industry draw attention to those skills and MARKET IT. In most cases, past job titles you've held are not what's important, but rather what you did and how well you did it. For instance, if you have a record of excellent customer service, communication, managing a team, etc. then show this on resume, cover letter and your interview. This, in addition to demonstrating your knowledge of the company, their culture, and the job you're applying for, shows initiative, sincere interest, and the ability to assimilate quickly into a productive role.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it", Steve Jobs. Remember, sometimes you wont get the job offer no matter how good your interview went and that's OK. What's important is that you don't settle because that perfect opportunity is always on the other side of the hill — you just have to make that up-hill trek to get there.