February 18th, 2013
As a job seeker, does it sometimes feel like you are lost in a sea of other job candidates? If you’ve been looking at the recent unemployment figures for your region, it’s not difficult to imagine the rising number of adults who are without adequate employment. On average, hiring managers receive anywhere from 50 to 200 applications for every single job opening, so that means a lot of resumes to review. Therefore, taking action to get noticed by the HR or recruitment manager is critical to getting called in for an interview, and getting a great job offer.
The good news is that you can stand out from other candidates by following these helpful tips!
Use the right resume format. When it comes to getting noticed by hiring managers, the format of your resume and your cover letter really do count. Take the time to utilize an updated resume template to organize your career objective, employment and educational history, which makes it more appealing for a recruiter to learn more about your qualifications. Keep cover letters concise and professional. Use the keywords found in job ads to increase the chance you will be found online by recruiters.
Create a compelling brand. Did you know that as a job seeker you need to develop a professional brand for yourself? The big marketing agencies do this all the time to get noticed by more consumers. Take the time to identify what you are most passionate about in your career, and then create a brand around this. For example, you may be a manager who loves everything about information technology. Create a brand that expresses your love for project management or new technology.
Develop your career networks. Your career networks are the most important way to get noticed by hiring managers. Take the time to focus on ways of getting involved with more career and professional associations and communities. LinkedIn and Facebook can provide excellent opportunities to reach out to these networks. Create content and engage with others through meaningful dialogue. Use these networks to connect with recruiters in your industry.
Head for job fairs. Another effective way to increase your chances of getting noticed by recruiters is by attending local and online career fairs. By physically presenting your resume and skills to area recruiters, you can make a positive first impression that will get you called in for interviews with hiring companies. Remember to put your best foot forward by dressing for success and being proactive as you hand out your resume.
Work with recruiters. A professional recruiter can help take your career search to the next great level. In addition to having a large network of hiring companies, many of whom do not advertise job openings, you’ll have the expert support of a seasoned recruiter to help you get the right attention. By choosing a recruiter to represent you and negotiate for you to targeted companies in your industry, very often you will get more positive attention and a job offer that excels your current efforts alone. Consider the benefits of this relationship.
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