Overqualified and jobless

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Linda…. listen,

Have you ever heard the expression “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life because your field isn’t hiring”.. well I feel that in my soul. I went to school, worked hard, and majored in something I love. I graduated almost a year ago, and still haven’t found a job in my field. I’ve branched out and applied for some other jobs as well, but I’m “over-qualified”. This is extremely frustrating. I don’t know what to do! Help me Linda!
Sincerely,
Tired of minimum wage

Dear Tired of minimum wage,
I am sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble in the job market. I wish that I could wave my “Magic Linda Wand” and zap the perfect job right into your lap! Unfortunately I can’t do that but I can try to offer some suggestions.
Take your resume to a specialist and let them see if there is anything that could be tweaked to make sure you are catching the employer’s eye and interest. Make sure you don’t attach the same resume and cover letter to all of the positions in which you are hiring because of the new ATS (Application Tracking System). This system filters resumes based on target keywords. Employers want to make sure you are truly interested enough in their company and have put enough time into composing an original cover letter and resume just for them.
I wish there was a simple formula to know what your future life path is or should be. It sounds like you know what your passion is and what you want to do so that is a good first step. Since you know what you want to do try applying for jobs that are in the same spectrum that could help you ultimately inch your way to your dream job.
Best of luck to you!
Submit your questions to Linda at Listenlindaopelika@gmail.com

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