Refine Your Job Seeking Efforts, Customize and Target Your Resume

Target Your Resume

Unless your talents are extremely rare, potential employers won’t be impressed with a cookie-cutter, generic version of your credentials. While a generic resume may be sufficient to post online for general distribution, applying for a specific position requires customizing your resume to target a specific position that reflects your particular talents and experiences.  A well-targeted application is worth more than several blind, random submittals. In today’s market, it is imperative candidates invest the time and effort to carefully assess their career objectives and refine their resume to match the specific job being sought.

Attracting good offers and getting a job in today’s competitive and shrinking employment climate is a full time endeavor, requiring dedication and substantial effort to get noticed by those entities looking to hire candidates with specific, relevant skills and experience.

Before starting, investigate each job opportunity thoroughly to learn as many specifics about the job, its educational and experience requirements as well as what is most important to the employer, than use this information to point your customization effort in the right direction.

Begin by stating the exact job title you are applying for on the “Objective” line of your resume. This is vital if you are applying at a company that is looking to fill several positions.  Prospects should be able to identify the job opening being applied for at a glance.  Focus on broad, general skill sets as well as skills that are specific to the job and emphasize multi-tasking skills, high energy level, and other personal attributes that may set you apart from other candidates.  Link words from the ad description of the “ideal candidate” to your resume and associate your particular strengths to the position.  Highlight the positives but don’t over-embellish and always be truthful and accurate.

Recruiters usually focus most of their attention and time on the following areas of a resume:

  • An applicant’s contact information
  • The most recent job position and title
  • Dates of employment
  • Previous job accomplishments and responsibilities
  • Core strengths
  • Education

Craft your résumé for a quick read.  In today’s competitive employment market, hiring managers and their staff will be receiving hundreds of resumes for each open job they have, your resume should be crafted to stand out from the crowd and dive the reader to look for additional information with a short simple read of 10 seconds or less.

To be more successful in finding that perfect job opportunity you must step-up the pace and energy to expend the extra effort that the unsuccessful candidate, your competition, is not willing to do.

Leveraging Social Media for Career Success

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Finding a new job or advancing a career today in light of the high unemployment and diminished availability of career advancement opportunities is making the process of finding new or improved opportunities extremely important.  Simply applying for jobs through job boards or submitting resumes to online job postings will no longer generate success for job seekers.  Companies today are investing heavily in social media, making social media skills and tools mandatory for career success.   Landing that great job has always been about “who-you-know” and social networks have made it easy to expand your connections.

The recent Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey is offering new insights into how employers use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social channels for recruiting.

The survey of more than 1,000 recruiters, executives and hiring managers reveals that 92 percent use social media sites to research, evaluate, and recruit new hires.  The challenge lies in understanding how to effectively use social media to establish meaningful relationships and then turn them into opportunities.

According to Joshua Waldman, author of Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies, “people become so transfixed by technology they forget social media is not a solution in-and-of-itself, rather it’s a tool.”  Social media is a crucial component of the modern job search. You can improve your chances with a potential employer by creating an attention-grabbing LinkedIn profile, effectively creating personal information on Facebook, and taking advantage of the real-time nature of Twitter.

Here are a few tips to finding a job using social networking sites from Brad Schepp, co-author of How To Find A Job On LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+:

Create Relevant Profiles

Build compelling, professional profiles for yourself that include your job history, going back no more than 15 to 20 years. LinkedIn is an obvious place for such a profile, but Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, among others, are also sites where you can include this kind of information.

Network

Connect with others in your industry.  Search the directories to find Groups in your industry, join those that appear especially active and vibrant, and then introduce yourself to the other members. Build your social capital by becoming known as a source for provocative content.

Be Engaged

Follow companies in your field on LinkedIn and Twitter so you’re automatically notified about new hires, product developments, and other news. “Like” companies you’re interested in and join the conversation about industry trends on Facebook.

Be Known As A Resource

Help out others by answering questions, making introductions, and linking to content.  Regularly answer questions on LinkedIn and provide links to great content on Facebook and Twitter

Don’t Ask For A Job

Keep your name in front of people in a position to help your career, but even though you’re hidden behind a screen, don’t ask people outright for a job.  Focus instead on making connections with the right people and promoting your qualities and experiences.

Search For Jobs

Turn over those virtual rocks to find job postings on sites like Simply Hired, CareerBuilder, Monster or Indeed and improve the odds in your favor by looking for jobs on company Twitter feeds, on their Facebook pages, and in LinkedIn Groups.

Make A Plan

It’s important to have a game plan in mind when you set out to use these sites as part of a job search.  Make a plan to work on your profile, join groups and follow companies in an organized and disciplined manor.

A successful strategy is to use social media sites as an opportunity to introduce yourself to potential employers and showcase your value to their organizations. It is one more way to increase your chances of finding a job.

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