I started life as a programmer then got promoted to department head, producing systems using Lotus Notes technology. I have since been made redundant and have been applying for project management jobs in development. However, for all my applications, I am not even getting replies. Would the fact that most of my experience has been with Lotus Notes, a now little-used technology, be to blame? What can I do to rectify this? Please also advise me on how I can sell myself as a capable project manager.
Although the amount of companies using Lotus Notes is falling, it is still widely used, and people with good Lotus Notes skills are in demand, so that does not immediately appear to be the problem.
Competition is fierce and the way you promote yourself is key. Do not assume that when you send your CV off for a job that it has been read. Or, if it has been read, that it has caught the eye of the reader. Always follow the submission up with a polite phone call to the recipient.
The key is to find a consultant who is professional, friendly and experienced. Ask them to advise you on the layout and content of your CV.
Suggest a meeting with your consultant. This serves two purposes, initially it will give you the chance to go through your experience and draw out key experiences, also the consultant will be better placed to market you to their clients, having direct experience of who you are.
Recruitment consultants and human resources departments receive hundreds of CVs every week - make sure you are known by a reputable consultant who can do all the hard work of looking for a job for you.
Solution by Robert Nunn, consultant, Hudson
The panel: MSB International, Spring Group, E-Skills UK, British Computer Society, Computer Futures, Hudson, Computer People, Elan, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology.
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