There is an overwhelming amount of advice and information out there for job seekers that it’s almost impossible to know where to begin. As an internal recruiter, the things that I look for in a resume just scratches the surface into what HR and other hiring managers may look for but here are my top ‘tidbits’ of advice.
1. Pay attention to the details! Words that are spelled correctly but used in the wrong context are easily overlooked because spell checker will not notice them. Have at least 3 qualified people review your resume and provide feedback. There is not a ‘right way’ to do a resume. Every hiring manager will have their own preferences so the more feedback you get, the better. Also, triple check those cover
letters. It’s so convenient to copy and paste so be sure that you have not submitted
the name or position of a previous application to your next. I will immediately
dismiss an applicant who has submitted a cover letter that is customized for
someone else’s job posting.
2. It is a social media age of recruiting. You must have a professional LinkedIn profile and make it look like your resume. Dates and job duties should mirror one another. Then start connecting with people. Don’t reach out to VP’s and CEO’s of companies asking for jobs. You should start with recruiters, managers, staff, and NEVER come out and ask directly for a job. This is a networking site so be professional. Also, MAKE YOUR PERSONAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS PRIVATE. Every job seeker should go in and adjust the privacy settings on Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, and so on. Google yourself and see what shows up. Hiring managers are researching and you don’t want us to see what you and your friends do outside of your professional life.
3. Always keep your up-to-date resume on relevant job boards including CareerBuilder and Monster. Include relevant keywords without overdoing it. Your key words should match your experience so don’t try to fool us. Pay attention to the headline on your profile and make it
relevant to the job that you are seeking. When we conduct a search, we skim through quickly. You will want to catch our attention with those few words. Management graduate seeking and entry-level position, Sales professional, etc…
4. When you get the call for an interview, prepare! Research the interviewer,
the company, and the industry. Practice interview questions, both standard and
behavioral (you can find some on the internet). Be ready to talk about future
goals both long and short-term. Study for your interview.
I find a lot of tips and useful information on CareerBuilder and Monster that I share on my
LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
CareerBuilder has a great section on their website called “Advice and Resources.” http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Resources/CareerResources.aspx?sc_cmp2=JS_Nav_AdvRes
Monster has their own version of job seeker resources called “Career Resources.” http://resources.monster.com/?re=nv_gh_gnt1377_%2F
Both sites provide wonderful resources for job seekers at any level. Take advantage of the resources that are available to you. It could better prepare you and set you apart from other job seekers.
Best of luck on your career endeavors!
Angela Malagon, Corporate Recruiter, Elwood Staffing Services, Inc.