/ Asked by Gerard
I graduated with a PhD in Wireless Communications from a University in Japan last March. I moved back to USA a couple of months ago. I have applied for many jobs which match my specialty well. So far, I have not received an interview. I have reviewed my resume many times and got it reviewed by friends and family, still without success. Please can you help me finding out what I am doing wrong?
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Congratulations on getting the degree, that is a great accomplishment!  One suggestion is to ensure that if you are completing an online application you are not leaving any blank spaces.  Sometimes when candidates attach a resume to an online application they may leave spaces blank thinking the recruiter will see this information on the resume, however it's critical to complete the entire application with as much information as possible leaving no black spaces.  The second thing you may consider is looking at the job descriptions for the positions you are applying and ensure you are using words that mirror those in the job descriiption.  Third is consider the way in which your resume is ordered, ensuring the most important/relevant topic is at the top.  So for example someone with extensive experience in the field they are applying would want to put that at the very top, where as a specialized degree that is required for a specific position would be most important and should be first in that example. Good Luck! 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Congratulations! A PhD is really an accomplishment!
You didn't mention if you were including cover letters, but I highly recommend that you do. A cover letter should be tailored to the specific opening you are applying for and should provide more depth than your resume does. Also, do you have anyone outside of your family and friends who has experience in your specific industry? Perhaps a mentor? Having someone review our resume who doesn't know you as well as family and friends could provide some additional insight for you on how to improve your resume.
Don't be discouraged. Keep applying for roles that interest you. The right job will come along!
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Friday, August 14, 2015
Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment! 
A job search at any time can be very daunting so don't be discouraged by the lack of responses so far. Without knowing all details of the type of roles you are applying for, I would recommend keeping your search criteria wide. This means, don't focus on just on a small set of companies (i.e. ATT, Verizon, etc.), but keep your options open. Strong skills in wirless, mobile, digital, and technology are highly sought after by many companies across industries. Another consideration is to make sure you are applying for roles and including a cover letter. Since you have a PhD, some companies may have a hard time matching your credentials to the right role. A cover letter can help with this.
Also, while you have had people you know assist you with crafting your resume, I highly recommend seeking out a career coach or working with a recruiting company. They can often help you refine your story and fill in any gaps that you may not have noticed in your resume and timeline. 
Keep focused and refining your story and eventually the right opportunity will come along. Good luck!
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