crop380w_istock_000004468882xsmall-filling-out-form-onlineI know people who have sat down at the computer and spent hours pouring over monster.com, or any of the other myriad of job posting websites out there wanting to get a job, get a job, get a job. any job. Money, yesterday. That's what they need.

So they submit 28 resumes in one day, and then they wait. and wait, and wait. When they don't hear from anyone, they get depressed. What I rarely see anyone do, though, is take action.

If you're really interested in getting a job, you're going to have to meet people. Given that working a job has you interacting with the human race almost daily, I really have a hard time fathoming why when you seek to get a job the idea of--gasp!--speaking with a live person is so daunting.

I guess I do know, really. It's scary. It's an opportunity to be rejected, and much like breaking up with someone over text message, there are times when you just can't handle the rejection, so you let the computer do it for you.

It's easy to delete a "no thank you" email; it's painfully forthright to have to face a person who says "you're not right for this position." and of course, when you submit a resume, that's what you're risking. But hiding behind your piece of paper will not get you the job you need. 

You have to put aside what you want today for the thing you want most. and I doubt you really want a job so much as you want a career-something you can enjoy doing every day, and get paid for it.

Dale Callahan talks more about this topic in his article Resumes are Worthless.  It isn't really that the resume is not valuable for what it is, but as a society we've let the resume take on an almost imperial type role where we think if we uphold the resume enough that someone that will be the key to success, when in reality it's people who hire people, not paper. So more than a good look on paper, you're going to have to interact with the people in your career.