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ERIC Number: ED456374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 12
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Counseling Compulsive Resume Addiction.
Karp, Marshall J.
Compulsive Resume Addiction (CRA) is a condition where applicants become dependent on their written credentials to get new employment. It is similar to other addictions in that the person manifests short-term, gratification-seeking behavior with the long term cost in self-esteem and self-confidence. Applicants get stuck in thinking that a better resume or better cover letter is the key to getting a job. Applicants can get so ingrained in a bad job search technique that it becomes difficult to change direction. Several counseling techniques are described that can help applicants get unstuck. First, the clients have to realize that the way they are conducting their job search is the problem and is preventing them from getting employment. Second, the counselor must help them understand they do have worth and that someone will hire them. Occupational research in career and vocational areas has proven helpful in this area. Information interviewing is useful in gathering information and in getting applicants out to talk with people in the job search situation. Using networks and contacting employers directly are two of the most effective job search methods. Case examples are included. (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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