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Asked by douglas on November 19, 2015

I have had only several years experience in the biggest telecommunications company in my country. I decided to further my education and earn a masters degree. It's been quite difficult to secure a job with my resume. Do you think it's because I don't have enough experience? Or is it that my resume isn't good enough for me to be called for an interview?

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on December 3, 2015

It's difficult to answer this question not seeing your resume and also not knowing what types of roles you're applying for, but I will try to make my answer as helpful as possible. 

First, I believe that in most cases, furthering your education is a good idea. Of course, it's important to ensure your program of study is applicable to the career you're interested in and the line of work appreciates graduate studies. That being said, I support your decision to grow your knowledge and skills through continued education. 

Second, I think it's important to have realistic expectations about the types of roles for which you're qualified. To increase your chances of landing an interview, make sure you're applying for positions in which you meet the requirements (or at least the majority of the requirements).

Finally, regarding your resume, I can not stress enough how critical it is to have a strong resume. I recommend every job seeker devote time to building a resume specific to the type of job for which they're applying. Resume writing is a learned skill - if you need assistance as you build yours, I recommend you reach out to the career center staff at the university you most recently graduated from to ask for advice. 

I hope this answer helps! Best to you in your job search!  

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Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on December 22, 2015

Hello,

Great question! It's difficult to determine the strength of your resume without reviewing it. I think furthering your education is a great idea, but I think it's also important to understand how earning an Master's is truly benefiting your specific career interest. The reason I say that is because a Master's degree is very expensive and takes an incredible amount of time. I think gaining a Master's degree is great but for the right reasons depending on your career goals. I would consider if you will truly receive a return of investment from gaining a Master's? What is the difference in salary for someone with a Bachelor's vs. Master's in your career area? These are some questions to consider before deciding to  take on a huge expense and time commitment.

With regards to the your resume, this is your key tool to landing an interview. I would really have a few professionals in your industry review it and provide some feedback. There may be some minor changes that are necessary that could make a huge difference in your results. A customized resume to each role you're applying for is key. 

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on March 31, 2016

Congrats of furthering your education and receiving your Master’s! I know job hunting can be difficult but it’s important to have a good resume that makes you stand out from other candidates. Tailor your resume to the specific position you are applying for. Highlight any accomplishments or responsibilities you had at your previous position that may relate to the position you are applying for. I would recommend to visit your local career center and have them take a look at your resume. When you are applying for jobs make sure to take a good look at the job description and see what kind of qualifications they are looking for. Make sure it aligns with your experience. Good Luck!

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