I lost a job 8 months ago took 4 months to decompress & have been looking for a new job for 4 months and can't get a job to save my soul! I have 20 years experience as an office mgr. mostly real estate related, have heard companies want experienced people and like older workers, but no one is making any offers. I have had a total of 4 interviews, no offers. Have reworked my resume to eliminate the previous job titles thinking that people think I'm overqualified and over paid, but I am negotiable on salary. I don't know if employers put me in a box and think I only have real estate experience but my experience would transcend in any office environment. Also, no one wants to pay more than $10/hr and they combine jobs - they want a receptionist/bookkeeper/and secretary. While I've had no feedback, I'm sure I'm overqualified for a lot, they don't want to pay much - I made $10/hr 10 yrs. ago part-time. Salaries haven't moved, but that isn't my issue- I don't even get any calls to interview. At this point I need to make some money and am very flexible. Where all the employers who want experienced workers and are willing to pay a decent wage for said experience. Also, I wonder if age has something to do with not getting calls. Any suggestions?
If you're relying heavily on the online process, that's one reason you might not be getting calls. Face to face connections are critical. Ask the people who didn't hire you after 4 interviews if they'd give you some candid feedback on why you weren't chosen. Give them permission to be candid since you want to learn from the experience. You can say you have 20 solid years of work exp, but hardly any experience interviewing...which is a good thing! They may tell you of mistakes you made or why they didn't pick you, which can be valuable feedback to help alter your approach. You may also ask if they know of other people for you to connect with. Unfortunately, 4 months isn't that long -- some searches go on much longer, which I know you don't want to hear. Focus on meeting people in person and asking a trusted friend to evaluate how you come across. Do some mock interviews. Take a course at a local college on interviewing and job searching -- some offer 2-hour programs to help you brush up on these skills. Since if that's not polished, it won't matter what your resume says. Lean on friends for leads. Good luck