Today’s post is written by Bethany Randy.
When searching for a job, the first step can sometimes seem the hardest – actually getting someone to read your resume. The fact is, recruiters often have to sift through hundreds of job applications for a single position, and as a result, yours could be overlooked. This is why it’s important to make your resume is easy to read, concise and quick to the point.
But there’s also other things you need to consider when job hunting.
Here are a few tried and tested tips that will get your resume noticed:
1) Avoid Common Mistakes
Even little mistakes on your resume could make the recruiter reading it lose interest. Remember, they’ve got a lot of these to get through! According to Forbes, even a spelling mistake will cost you. Be meticulous. Go over your resume and make sure there are absolutely no spelling errors. Also, make sure your margins are correct (as this makes your resume difficult to print) and make sure it looks neat and tidy.
Also, it’s certainly worth having more than one version of your resume so you can send the appropriate one resume to different jobs. In your cover letter, try to mention the name of the company and if you know what their name is, address it to the recruiter.
2) Keep it Snappy
An ideal resume should be no more than two pages long. It should be tidy and straight to the point. Use bullet points for your skills and qualifications, so they’re quick to read. Don’t apply for jobs which you’re not qualified for – read through the specifications, and if you don’t meet the requirements, move onto the next job.
3) Get Online
Social networking is essential. Recruiters often go online to approach potential candidates, and you can increase your chances by setting up a profile on LinkedIn. Like this infographic says, there’s plenty of reason to use the internet. Recruiters are increasingly using LinkedIn to find good candidates, and it’s a simple way to get your resume out in the open. Keep it clear and concise but don’t be afraid to add details about your projects and a little about yourself. You want recruiters to get a good idea of your qualifications, experience, and even your personality.
Keeping your LinkedIn profile up-to-date is a must, and if you can gain some insightful recommendations form key clients and colleagues it really helps the recruiter make their mind up”, said Matt Comley from Director Appointments, recruitment experts specializing in sales director jobs.
If you’re not on Twitter, sign up. Recruiters and companies will often tweet when looking for new employees, which will appear on your newsfeed. It’s a great way to keep on top of career opportunities, and the time you save can be spent sending out applications.
Oliver Adderley, managing director at Online Resourcing, said,
“An online reputation is very important during the job search. Activity can make or break your success. Approximately 25% of HR professionals and 60% of recruiters check out a candidate’s social presence before contacting them. Positive engagement about topics related to your industry and area of expertise place candidates in an increasingly better position with your future employer.”
Check out this applicant who turned his resume into an Amazon.com shopping page. This got noticed because the “product” is currently unavailable.
Getting your resume noticed is just the first step. While the journey to the interview process does seem like a huge challenge, if you follow these simple rules you’ll improve your chances of getting that job.
What helps you get your resume noticed by recruiters?
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