Just joined this forum and would be thrilled to get some honest (constructive criticism) advice on a career related situation I am currently in;
I am trying to break in to the planning profession again after a five year hiatus and have sent my resume to 3 places thus far...all three resulted in interviews but after that nothing....here are the questions
1) The first municipality who interviewed me wanted to know when I could start (i said 2 weeks after my next interview) I mistakenly thought It would be rude to cancel an interview after making one and was honest...In hindsight I was wrong because I didn't hear from them.........However, 3 weeks later, the guy they hired for the position I applied for didn't last and they called back last week wanting to know if i was still interested in the position, I said yes but havent heard anything since??? (they posted a job ad 3 days later on the APA site...My question is What the heck is going on over there????
2) second Intv, it went well and I found out later they were checking my references, but then they hired someone else.... why would they check refs but not hire??
3) Third intv went ok, but it was for an entry level position - and they seemed concerned because I was self employed and thought I would not like being told what to do --- result no callback....question -- is my age (mid 30's and being self -employed for 5 yrs) a "turn off" to planning agencies when considering for hiring me??
I have 3 yrs of planning exp, a ba in geog and one semister of grad school in planning (I am concerned prospective employers might not want to hire me cause of a 5 yr lapse in planning related activities (am i true in thinking this?)
Would anyone be interested in reviewing my resume / cover letter for criticism..I would greatly appreciate any and all feedback on it!!
Just wanted to thank all of you in advance for your help and advice