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Asked by Jill on October 5, 2016

I'm currently looking for an entry level position. I have a very diverse background - clerical medicine, home loan lending and construction. I have an AAS in Finance from a local junior college. I am not getting calls for interviews. I have applied for a multitude of positions at the hospital I used to work for, but no luck. Any suggestions on how I should restructure my search?

Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on October 11, 2016

I would look into a temporary agency that specializes in an area you want to focus in such as the medical field. Take on a couple temporary assignments in a particular area until you build up your resume. I have known people to get their foot in the door on a temporary assignment and then the opportunity went permanent. The goal is to illustrate your skills and focus your resume in the area you want to specialize in. Specifically for your resume, show your duties in the clerical medicine position and then list your home loan lending and construction as additional experience. Hope this helps on your search – good luck.

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Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on October 20, 2016

Having a diverse background can be very beneficial in you have various skills, when you are looking for a role, but sometimes it can make it more difficult. There are many different reasons for why you aren't getting calls for interviews, but I can understand why you may be feeling a little frustrated. I feel the best course of action to find a job is through networking. You mentioned that you applied to a multitude of positions at the hospital you used to work for. Do you have contacts at the hospital that you can reach out to, to express your interest in coming back there to work? If not, are there other companies where you may have some contacts that you can meet up with as an informational interview? Or, networking groups you can join that you can find from the career area of your college or even online? In addition, you can use LinkedIn to also network online. Find people in companies in roles that you are interested in and reach out to learn how they became employees. The more activity you have the better chance you will have in finding something, but you will be better served if you can hone in on the roles you've done that you've really enjoyed. The more focused you can be on what you want to do, the more focused you can be on your resume, and also when you're speaking with someone about why you are interested in a role. Good luck!

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Answered by Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, on December 9, 2016

Great question! Before restructuring your search you might want to re-review your resume. Your skill set and experience may not be clearly explained in your resume, which may be the reason you're not being called for interviews. Ask a friend, co-worker, mentor, previous professor, etc. to review your resume. Get their feedback/recommendations and revamp your resume.

Best of luck,
Patsy Jensen

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