Recruiters and employers don't have time to sort through hundreds or thousands of resumes – to get employers or hiring managers’ attention do these FIVE things:
1. Find a professional, aesthetically pleasing resume format that clearly highlights what makes you special. It should have a summary area where you discuss your key characteristics and highlight your most important accomplishments. Second, it should have an area that highlights your most important skills or competencies. The document image for this post is an example.
2. Research keywords and know what the marketplace considers your unique traits or characteristics. I have discussed this topic in detail on two previous posts: "Think Before You Send" and “Don't Commit Career Suicide.” In brief, I recommended job seekers go to indeed.com and linkedin.com and conduct a title search for jobs and competitors, respectively. The results should be large but try to narrow it down and pick five job descriptions and five competitor profiles then copy and paste the contents into wordle.net/create. This will make a word cloud and allow you to analyze keyword frequency and importance.
3. Using keywords, list your accomplishments and responsibilities to create a complete bullet point. Most professionals either list only their accomplishments or only their responsibilities, they rarely do both - buck the trend and do both to get noticed.
4. Once you have everything setup then send out your resume but please and I repeat please do not spam your resume. Where possible try to find a contact at a firm to at least get a name of someone who can be used as a referral; LinkedIn.com is great for this.
5. Finally, don't be scared to pick up the phone and ask companies about opportunities; you might be surprised with the results. In this day and age everyone needs to have sales skills and be their own brand ambassador. In order to succeed you have to do more than your competitors and calling is a big differentiator.
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