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Old 09-26-2013, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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I think what I did was found a company that interested me in a field that I wanted to be in and I applied for positions in that field for companies that I admired. Otherwise, I would get caught up on questions like "why do you want to work here?" If I didn't have a good answer to that, I wouldn't apply for the position.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:14 AM
 
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This is something that hurts a lot of people, sending out the same resume for every job. Your 4 versions is better, however when reviewing resumes we can tell whether someone is just sending out resumes or has taken the time to tailor their resume to our position. It does make a big difference in whether you will get an interview. i'm a hiring manager now, but when I was looking for a job I took the time to include information on my resume that addressed every aspect of the job requirements. yes, I started with a basic "boilerplate" resume but every one I sent out was customized to that position.
Absolutely true. When I read the OP, I thought that 30 tailored cover letters was a lot to write in a week. Using your standard resume and cover for all positions when you don't have a connection on the inside certainly decreases one's odds.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:00 PM
 
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I also suspect the issue is that your applications aren't an obvious match to the job description. Hiring managers see so many applications that they scan them quickly. A (brief) cover letter is good because it shows initiative and allows you to highlight your relevance to the job. The resume absolutely needs to demonstrate your relevance to the job. Hiring managers aren't going to guess.

Otherwise, show that you are productive during unemployment with something relevant like volunteering, etc.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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I don't really know how "creative" you can get for some lowly job at a fast food joint or retail shop. You're just a body.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, co
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I don't really know how "creative" you can get for some lowly job at a fast food joint or retail shop. You're just a body.
This attitude maybe part of the reason that you are having so many problems getting a job.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:42 PM
 
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I have been looking for 3.5 years and have had only 2 interviews, you're just getting started.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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I don't really know how "creative" you can get for some lowly job at a fast food joint or retail shop. You're just a body.
That's why fast food jobs are not considered "creative jobs". Time for you to get creative by figuring out the bus route to the local labor ready. Oh wait, somebody already did the creative work for you by providing you with the information. How did that go exactly?
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