Oftentimes it can get frustrating when you’ve been out of work and you haven’t found a great lead to that next dream gig. You’ve sent out resumes, you’ve networked, you’ve even downgraded your expectations and applied for positions you’re overqualified for.
The next thought might be to give the search a rest and invest in grad school or another advanced degree to make yourself more marketable and to take your mind off the depressing aspect of yet another rejection.
Robert Chin, professional coach and founder of Embrace Possibility, offers a few reasons this may not be such a great idea and how you can regroup for job seeking success:
Picture yourself with two candidates:
- John, who has an advanced degree but little practical experience or
- Peter, who has demonstrated ability and experience to get the specific job done
Who would you hire?
For those of you who chose John, let me know how it goes.
For those who chose Peter, read on.
What does this all mean? How does this apply to YOU?
The lesson is simple: be like Peter. Be the guy who has the experience, rather than the guy who has the education.
I know what you’re thinking: It’s like the chicken and the egg. I need experience to get the job, and I need the job to get experience. Which one comes first?