Here are 4 tips to keep you on target in your job search…
Tip 1: Unless you’re in the technical field, avoid using buzz words that are supposedly searchable.
Only a small group of companies use searchable resume’s and you’ll know them by the way they have you enter your resume field by field. Don’t sound like everyone else. Use a purpose statement at the beginning of your resume – usually two or three sentences that puts a human behind all the bullet points. Tell your story at the top. You are unique and you have an opportunity to show it. Example: I thrive in team base leadership roles where I can both mentor and lead the team to success.
Tip 2: When applying to job portals, be sure to do some homework.
Your resume will likely fall into a black hole if you just follow the web portal’s instructions. Find out who the hiring manger is and have your resume handed to them by someone you know in the company. If you don’t know anyone in the company there are ways of finding them through your network. LinkedIn doesn’t help you track your progress, it only makes connections. Start building your own personal network off line where you can track the progress of your conversations.
Tip 3: Use your interview time to learn more about the work environment.
Find out whether this is a new position or a replacement of a failure. Glean as much as you can about the corporate culture – it’s your life 40-50 hours a week you’ll be living there. Use your interview time to learn more about what is and isn’t working behind the scenes at your next possible job. Ask about the goals of the department or team you will be working with. You may also ask what the company does to boost employee morale; TGIF’s, holiday events, incentives and such.
Tip 4: In your cover letter and on a job interview explain where you thrive.
Tell stories about real situations where you have succeeded at work or anywhere. Use a three paragraph cover letter that addresses the facts, the vision of you working there, and a closure of next steps. Keep it simple and to the point. Five, Six and Seven paragraphs don’t even get read!
The most effective way to reach your goals is to surround yourself with experts. Contact coach Bob Britz today to set up a free job search consultation: 925-984-6960