Sometimes the answer may be simply that there are many applicants to choose from. Remember there are a lot of employers out there and maybe getting an entry level job elsewhere could help you get a job with their perfect employer at a higher level in the future. In the meantime…
Get a Second Opinion on how you present yourself to prospective employers in a résumé, cover letter or in person. Ask an Idaho Department of Labor consultant to review these items and how you can better portray yourself to the employer.
Can YOU Read Your Writing? Was your application legible? Some company hiring managers won’t even consider you if they can’t read your writing. Did you fail to complete your application, explain your strong skills, abilities, and training or education? Did you go to the office on Monday, the busiest day of the week, or at closing time? Try a mock “turn in your application” the exact way you did with the last company you visited, and do it with someone who will give you some feedback. You may discover some issues you haven’t thought of before. Make sure everything is filled in on the application, and if the subject doesn’t pertain, a simple (n/a) is adequate, but don’t leave it blank.
by Alisa Bondurant, Business Solutions Specialist, Idaho Department of Labor; Idaho Technology Council Volunteer
Reputation is one of the most valuable assets a community can develop. That’s why the Idaho Technology Council’s Software Alliance needs help growing Idaho’s reputation through Software Pulse, a website space designed to promote Idaho’s thriving software community. Just as a beating pulse establishes the healthy state of an individual, Software Pulse demonstrates the vibrancy of Idaho’s software community.
The need to grow Idaho’s reputation is clear. Many Idahoans travel outside our state and meet people who are skeptical when they hear about our thriving software community. During last year’s Venture Capitalists Unplugged event, many financiers commented they didn’t know what was going on in Idaho. This comment was echoed by David Cohen, founder and CEO of TechStars, when he came to Boise a few months ago to speak to our community at a special event hosted by the Idaho Technology Council. It’s clear that many people still associate Idaho with potato chips and aren’t aware of our burgeoning high tech and software businesses.
by Sharon O’Toole, Workforce Consultant, Canyon County
If you are like most job seekers, the whole hiring process can be confusing. When you are looking for a job, the most valuable thing you can know is what really works. Start by trying to look at the hiring process from the hiring manager’s perspective as they review resumes:
Will this applicant meet my needs?
What the manager needs to know the most is whether or not you have the skills and knowledge to do the job effectively. If your resume is not targeted specifically to the position you seek, you skills may seem unrelated. If the employer is hiring a plumber, being an electrician, no matter how skilled, won’t do. If a salesperson is needed, the employer will not be interested in a secretary. That’s why it’s so important to identify and feature transferable skills. Carefully select skills and accomplishments from your list that speak directly to your ability to do the job.