I am a mid-career professional who has worked in South Korea for a decade. Now, however, I would like to return to Canada to work. Having a family, of course I would like to line up a new job to go home to before I arrive. However, after six months of applying to jobs in my field over the internet, many of which I am exactly or even over-qualified for, I have not received any feedback or calls for a resume. My cover letter contains this paragraph near the end:
"As my resume shows, I am a Canadian working in South Korea; I have now decided to return with my family to Canada permanently, and am very interested in matching my skills to your organization. Although I am currently residing outside Canada I can interview on a week's notice and be ready for work two to three weeks following a job offer."A friend of mine commented: "I think as soon as they see the South Korea address on your resume/cover letter, they throw it away. If I were them, I would feel like I was almost obligated to give you the job if you came for an interview from so far away."
My questions are:
1. Do you think my friend is correct in his explanation of why no employer has replied to me?
2. Do you have any suggestions of how the above paragraph could be made more "don't be shy to call me for an interview" -ish?
Thank you for your blog, and any advice you can give me.
Job Loungers, let's hear what you think about Hugh's cover letter and your advice for his long-distance job search. Click "comments" below, and type away.