Ig1 Overcoming the Resume Black Hole

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Finding a better job as fast as possible is the goal of most people in transition. But often their focus is on putting together the perfect resume and cover letter into a perfect package.

But research shows that diligence, follow-up and, frankly, effort, matter much more than skills.

So, when should you mount that alternate job search technique (cue picture of guy in sandwich board with his resume printed on it).

If your resume is in a black hole, what kind of effort and energy will get it out?

Ok, you've targeted some companies, now what?

There's humor buried deep in most job searches. How do you find it and use it to keep your attitude up.

www.PerfectJobSoftware.com

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  • Michael,
    Thanks for putting this up! It was a great event and lots of fun.

    I recommend anyone who's interested to sign up for the next Ignite Chicago -- I'm sure it will be even better.

    Steve Davies
    President PerfectJob Software
    http://www.perfectJobSoftware.com
    Better Jobs. Faster.
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