It's good to know the online "watering holes" and how to leverage them during your job search so you can be found directly by a potential employer. Thanks for that most recent post Matt.
But you also want to be optimizing your resume for machines to find you too. Gone are the days when recruiters solely use job board ad response to fill their positions. Today, every recruiter will do some level of data mining to find qualified resumes. This can be via Google or could be the actual search engine within any type of candidate database. The goal is to make sure your "calling card" (resume) ranks you as strong of a match as possible to place you high up in the search results. Have you set your resume up to be found easily?
One of the most frequent questions I get from job seekers is about follow-up timing after submitting a resume. Who do I contact and how long should I wait?
The answer depends on how you were introduced to the company. If you respond to a job posting online, it's important to remember that some ads generate hundreds of responses a day. Many companies have tools to automate processing your application into their applicant tracking systems. A real person may not be looking at the responses sent and many times, the hiring manager isn't even involved at this stage.
Penelope Trunk, creator of Brazen Careerist, hosts a live resume bootcamp and covers the do's and dont's of resume writing. This is straightforward and incredibly powerful information that everyone needs to hear before writing or updating their resume!
A new U.S. government Website helps job seekers answer to of their toughest questions: "What jobs can I get with my skills and training?" and "What skills and training do I need to get this job?"
Searching for a job is not always easy, no matter what state the economy is in. And when you're on the hunt, your best weapon is your resume. This document must emphasize the best of your experience, education and skills and sell you to your future employer. It's a lot to ask, but it is possible to get your CV into fighting shape. Don't let your effort go to waste by having these glaring red flags on your resume.
Computerworld - With their litany of requirements, job postings, especially ones for higher-level positions, can seem like an impenetrable barrier between you and the perfect opportunity. That's because few employers are willing to compromise when it comes to what they look for in new hires. They'd rather wait for a candidate who fits the opening exactly than risk a costly mistake. So, what can you do when you know you're capable of performing a job well, but your skills and experience don't completely align with its requirements?
Mary Berman, from Farmington Hills, Michigan, had been looking for work since February 2009 before starting a “Guerrilla” job search, in late September.
Up to that point, 20 weeks of job hunting had produced zero job interviews.
Just 7 weeks later, she accepted a job on Thursday, November 12, as a marketing executive assistant.
How did she use Guerrilla job hunting tactics to find work 65% faster?