It’s almost inevitable that word is spread that you’re searching to find a job. Then somebody, whether an acquaintance, family member or friend, decides to take the initiative to give you” a “reality check”. Although the details of what they’ll say may differ, the most important thing to remember is usually something like being prepared for a long and exhausting procedure. Prepare to send out hundreds of resumes prior to obtaining one interview. Be ready to sit and tear your hair due to unpaid bills, then continue to wait.
Does it need to be this is the case?
If a job seeker gets such advice typically, it originates from a trustworthy source. However, as someone who’s been in close contact with hundreds of top experts, I am able to tell that a lengthy job search is not an option.
You can get your dream job in weeks and not months. The key is making it easier to speed up the job hunt by using your resume.
1.) Use a single version of the Resume that communicates the value of your job
Few things are a more costly time-waster than revising your resume to match specific job advertisements. Employers don’t want resumes that are carbon copies of the job announcement. They’re hoping for applicants with unique backgrounds. They’re searching for abilities they may not have thought of, but that can be utilized in a new way. They’re seeking something unique that can be communicated. Your unique value.
Create a short opening paragraph at the top of your resume, describing three or four of your key qualities. Be specific. What is it that makes you an exceptional candidate? What skills are you most happy about?
Make sure you highlight the qualities listed in the introduction paragraph when you describe the responsibilities that you’ve had in your “Professional Experience” section. Provide greater detail here. This strategy creates a “personal theme” for the resume and greatly increases its impact at a glance and in a more in-depth analysis.
2) Use a 2-Pronged Approach to Resume Keywords
Application Tracking Systems (ATS) such as Taleo and Kenexa are often the first gatekeepers to stand in the way of an interview. They are programs that look through resumes and verify that certain phrases (or “keywords”) are included. The ones that are assessed by a recruiter. The ones who don’t are rejected.
Find job openings that you’re interested in applying to. What skills are mentioned repeatedly and over and over? List approximately 10 of these abilities (which you actually have).
Create a “Core Competencies” section near the beginning of your resume, which contains all the capabilities (separated by bullet points).
Find opportunities to build on these abilities within those in the “Professional Experience” section. For example, if, for instance, you have listed “Staff Training/Mentoring” within the “Core Competencies” section, you can provide details on specific training programs and accomplishments when you describe the positions you’ve held.
This two-pronged strategy increases the likelihood of successful scanning through Applicant Tracking Systems and provides enough information to draw the recruiter’s or hiring agent’s curiosity.
3) Get Your Resume In The Hands Of Your Existing Network ASAP
There’s a good chance that someone you know already has the keys to the next job. Get in touch with them, let them know what you’re looking for and then send them your resume to them to examine. Some of your contacts may respond to you with a response. Make use of this. Other people will, in essence, be ambassadors for you and connect you to professional professionals, offering opportunities that you wouldn’t have the chance to find by “blind” submissions alone. Don’t be shy: Your colleagues and friends will likely be more than willing to assist!