Keywords, format, tricks
The job search can be addicting. You could spend endless hours looking. If you blanket every posting with the same resume, you’re going to hear crickets. If you make your search specific and take the time to customize your approach, it will be worth it.
No one cares about your interests or that you stocked the paperclips. All they want to know is 1) do you meet the requirements in the description, and 2) how did you perform better than the gazillion other applicants.
If all you hear is silence application after application, here are a few things that may be hindering you.
However, even if you have a great federal resume, it’s unlikely to work in the corporate, civilian world. It’s like the difference between beer and wine: they are both alcohol, but that’s where the similarities end.
There are amazing resume writers out there. Gifted. But do you know where they work? They’re working with corporate executives and charging $400-$500 a resume! Why? Because they can. There’s a lot more than you think that goes into those – there’s a ton of research, keyword optimization, industry knowledge, etc. There’s A LOT to it.
Only about 2% of applicants get the interview.
This is why, long-term, you need to stay in the game and do the right things. You might need the help of a ninja…