Until recently, job-hunting skills included creating a resume and pounding the pavement looking for work. Many businesses do not have a Human Resources Department located in the same areas as the factory or sales force. Dropping off your resume or speaking with the reception doesn’t always translate into an interview because paperwork often gets lost or mislaid. Make sure the right people see your resume for the right job by using these four tips:
1. Create Job-Specific Resumes
Create a job-specific resume for the type of employment you want. The first line on the resume should be the title of the position for which you are applying. If you’re going to stand out, use a bigger font or bold the title to make it pop. Here’s a simple example:
Remember that some jobs require overlapping skillsets, so make sure to list these assets correctly in your resume. The title ‘Experience’ may not be as attractive to a recruiter as ‘Key Skillset’ or ‘Additional Skillsets’. These sections highlight the benefits the company can acquire by considering you for a vacant position.
2. Be Personally Engaged in Your Job Search
Do not post your resume on a job board and sit back while waiting for the work to come to you. After posting resumes for different types of work, continue to check listings relevant to your needs. Research any company that has an opportunity that interests you. Learn more about the position, such as the location, department, and the number of jobs currently open. Look for comments about the work within an industry discussion board to ascertain expected pay scales, turnover rates, and who the management staff may be.
This step is necessary because many applications have questions or comment sections where you can display industry knowledge. It’s also a good time to cement your interest and explain why you are best for this position. Be honest and accurate about your skills and your expectations.
3. Don’t Depend on a Background Check to Highlight Your Strong Work History
References, letters, and industry-related acquaintances are lightly discussed during most initial interviews. Many employers limit asking questions and expect the background check to qualify new prospects. Background checks often fail to uncover the honors you received during a product launch or holding a project management position. A good evaluation posted on your LinkedIn account must be mentioned and a link added to an updated CV. If you have saved any of the “Achievement” award notices from other teams, contracts, or management staff, include them in your Cover Letter or CV.
These awards do two things. First and foremost, they are proof of a strong, competent work history that benefited your employer. Second, these awards show that you aren’t afraid to learn more and do more to accomplish your company’s goals.
Put your best foot forward when it comes to job hunting in 2021. Provide unbiased, reliable information in a consistent format. Make it easy to read while highlighting your skills. Research the company you are going to be interviewing with and ask questions that pertain to the position. Make sure to have a copy of your resume with you just if the interviewer “mislays” your file. In short, be prepared, be knowledgeable, and be professional.