Make yourself a “Smack-in-the-Forehead” Obvious Fit
When you apply for a job via an online process, it’s very much usual that your resume will be first screened by an applicant tracking system and then (let, you’ve passed the first process) appear in front of human eyeballs. The first human being who review your resume is often of a lower level HR person who may not be able to find out all of the nuances of the post that you are applying for.
Thus you should make it very simple for both the computer and the human eyeballs to let them connect quickly their “Here’s what we’re looking for” to you “Here’s what you can walk through our doors and deliver”.
Get the job description and any available information you have on the position. Do the words and phrases for job description mirror you? Are your strengths showcasing in the areas that seem to be paramount of importance to the role? Line it up.
Don’t limit yourself to Online Applications during your Job Search
You want the job search going on? Then, continue to rely solely on submitting online applications. Do you want to gear up? Don’t stop once you apply online for the position. Start finding people inside the company interest. Approach an internal interviewer if possible and ask a few questions.
By getting touched with people of the relative interest of the companies at which you want to work, you will instantly set yourself apart. Decision makers interview people who come recommended or by of a personal referral before they start sorting the resumes arrival by way of the application tracking system.
Remember that your Resume (including your LinkedIn Profile) is not an Inert
Well, your resume is lovely; your LinkedIn profile is breathtaking. However, if they don’t position you as a direct match for a particular role that you are aiming for, don’t hesitate to modify the wording, switch around key terms and swap bullet points in and out. Neither your resume is an inert nor your LinkedIn profile. Treat them as living, breathing documents throughout your job search.
If you are a covert job seeker, remember to turn off your activity broadcasts (through privacy and settings) when you make edits to your LinkedIn profile. If your current boss or colleagues are connected with your LinkedIn profile, they may get suspicious about all the changes you are doing.
If You’re Not on LinkedIn, You Rarely Exists
Understanding that more than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their initial search tool, this is not an understatement. To be a professional, you need to not only be on LinkedIn, you need to be using that to your fulfill advantage. If a recruiter logs onto LinkedIn looking for someone in your geography, with expertise in what you do and you’re not there? Guess who they’re going to find and contact? Yes, that person’s name is “not you.”
If you figure out how to harness the power of no other social media tool for job search, figure out LinkedIn. It’s the best resources we have available today for career and job search networking, for finding people working at companies of interest and for positioning yourself to be found by a recruiter who has a relevant job opening.
Thank your matters
Suppose, a candidate is placed into an engineering role with a company that manufactures packaging equipment. He is competing head-to-head with another engineer, having similar talents and wants the job just as badly. The first one sent a thoughtful, non-robotic ‘Thank you note’ to each person with whom he’d interviewed, within about two hours of leaving their offices. The later one sent nothing.
Guess why the first candidate got the job offer? Yes!! The thoughtful, non-robotic thank you notes. They sealed the deal for him, especially considering the other front-runner sent nothing.
Consider crafting, original, genuine thank you notes (one for each interviewer) the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. The speed, with which you send the notes, and the quality, will make an impact.
Now, go forth and show your job search exactly who is the boss.