As a member of a new community of resume writers and career coaches called the Career Collective, this post is one of many responses to the question, "Are you a cookie cutter job seeker?" I encourage you to visit other members' responses, linked at the end of my post! Please follow our hashtag on Twitter: #careercollective.
Do you face each situation like the same cookie cutter? Sometimes you need a different shape to best utilize the dough.
Do you only search for one job title, like making a batch of all the same cut out cookie?
Do you decorate your cookies or eat 'em plain?
My boys love making cookies at Christmas because the get to put their individual mark on each one. Loads of "sprinklers" (that's what they call them) are put on top of these cookies that make them uniquely theirs so that when we finally get to eat them, they recognize their decorated cookies like a long lost friend.
I hope that you put the joy of cooking into your job search and make it a creation!
Here are other wonderful posts answering this question from their perspectives!
Career By Choice's Expat Success Tips -Ongoing Career management is No Longer Optional for the Expat in Today's New World of Work
CAREEREALISM: Cookie Cutters are for Baking...Not Job Searching!
The Emerging Professional: On the "Cookie Cutter" Approach to Job Search: Do You Need a Recipe?
Sterling Career Concepts: Job seekers: Break out of the mold!
Dawn Bugni The Write Solution: Dawn's Blog Is your job search "cookie-cutter" or "hand-dropped"?
Sweet Careers:Passive Job Seeker=Cookie Cutter Job
Barbara Safani Career Solvers Blog Cookie Cutter Resumes Can Leave a Bad Taste in the Hiring Manager's Mouth
Heather R. Huhman, HeatherHuhman.com: Break the Mold: Don't Be a Cookie Cutter