biftek wrote:it's all about structuring your resume to suit the job you are going for , you need to dumb it down some what.
Anyone that says its hard to get a job isn't trying hard enough
Re resumes: no doubt that can be done effectively in a lot of cases, but it would depend on a lot of factors: for example when using referees presumably you'd have to use the accurate job title for the job(s) from which you are listing the referees, and it might be the job title that is the source of concern for future employers.
Re your second sentence: hope this won't sound like flaming, but that would be what people say when they have in one way or other had luck on their side, as well as their hard work (and by "luck" I'm meaning it in the broadest possible sense, which can also cover whether a person's skills and background make it easier or harder to find job openings, or at what point in time in the economic cycle you are looking for work). For each job opening (whether advertised or unadvertised), needless to say, only one person can be selected, and as with gambling, each attempt is independent of all previous attempts, in other words some people might get the first job they apply for whereas for others making the same "effort" it might take months or even years to strike the jackpot.... while in the meantime the gap in their employment history on their resume is growing as well as, in many cases, the psychological effects of being unemployed.