Sure, the job market may not be so hot right now, but if you are looking for a job there are a few things you can do to get an edge over your competitors. In case you are wondering, it might even be easier than you think. It all starts with your resume.
You may be conflicted with how to tackle that 'monster', but 'Evil HR Lady' gives some great tips on how to get going. Just follow her advice and you will be in good shape.
One of her tips mentions adding links in your resume, especially if you have a common name. (Think Joe Smith)
This isn’t appropriate for every resume and every person, but here are some good reasons to add links to your resume.
- , but make sure you turn it into a clickable hyperlink.
Do you have to include links in your resume? Of course not. (Remember, there’s no one right way to do a resume!) And will some recruiters hate it if you do? Yes, of course. But some recruiters check your right heel to see if it’s scuffed, which is supposed to be an indication of your attention to detail.
- – apply at your local job board; look online and search by location or type o work–if that doesn't turn up anything be more flexible in what jobs you are looking for
- – reach out to companies directly with an email or phone call about current openings. Be sure not to forget the smaller businesses near where you live! They often don't have big marketing campaigns but they do need people too.
To Make your resume stand out, follow these simple tips.
- Use concise and high impact writing to highlight key skills that are pertinent for the position you’re applying to. For example: “I am a well organized individual who excels at multitasking in fast paced environments.”
- Get creative with formatting so it is not only easy on the eye but also holds attention from potential employers flipping through their inboxes looking for good candidates. You can use headers, bullet points or even different font types like italics or underline depending on what works best with your content type.
- Make sure it isn't too long if possible as this will decrease chances of hiring managers reading all the way through before they decide whether they want to grant an interview or not.
- Schedule your interviews at different times in order to give your best effort every time. Make it clear on both ends when these appointments will be set so there's no confusion about what each side expects from the meeting ahead of time.
- Show off skills beyond typing or any clerical duties – think outside the box with something like art design! This is especially important if they're looking for ideas instead of specific examples because landing this position would mean doing more than just filing paperwork day after day.
We wish you good luck.