How to make your dream recruiters notice you

1) If you’re seriously hunting for a job you should be maintaining your online persona

Make sure that you’ve carefully completed your online profile — on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and etc.

By filling out each section you’re maximising your chances of showing up in search results. Don’t just talk about what you’ve done, talk about what you want to do. If you’re interested in moving into a specific industry or sector mention it on your profile and be as specific as you can.

2) Find your recruiter on professional networking sites

Do you know the names of the hiring manager or recruiter at your dream company? You can find their profiles on professional networking sites. Send them an introductory message to get connected. You can see which networks they’re in and if they’ve got any status updates or comments announcing what type of candidates they’re looking to recruit.

All of these things will help you when writing a cover letter or prospective email. Also, it helps put your profile right under their noses…and if you’re profile is good enough maybe they’ll just invite you for an interview!

3) Be in requisition

When you hiring someone it always is a plus point if they are ‘in-demand’…so make sure that you’re courting a number of dream companies instead of just targeting on. Aim for your dream company but also consider their major industry competitors.

When you score an interview make sure the interviewer knows you’re being shortlisted or offered roles with their competitors – it’ll make you irresistible!

4) Use keywords

It’s like going on a first date. There are no second chances. You want to connect to the reader on a deeper level so they are interested enough to ask you on another date (so to speak), and the ultimate way to do this is to start taking note of the keywords that are being used, and pepper them throughout your resume (assuming you have those skills of course). The job ad and position description acts as a cheat sheet of sorts.

Don’t make them search for evidence that you fit. They probably won’t have the time to. Your resume will likely not get more than a 5-15 second glance.

5) Be literate!

Checking spelling and grammar is vital. Using the Word spellcheck tool or looking for words and phrases underlined with red and green squiggly lines does not suffice, unfortunately. Not all mistakes are picked up this way.

No recruiter wants a candidate’s poor attention to detail to reflect negatively upon him or her. More importantly, hiring managers don’t want employees who don’t take pride in their work, which is exactly what you demonstrate with one little mistake, given this is your first impression.

6) Be creative

Thanks to social media, modern communication is more visual than ever before. And since your resume is your number one communication tool in the job application process, why shouldn’t that be highly visual, too?

And we’re not talking about including a headshot beside your name and contact information. Mapping out your educational background, work experience, and skill set in a crisp, aesthetically pleasing way is the best way to entice a hiring manager to want to learn more.

No graphic design experience? No problem. Import your profile data from LinkedIn or Facebook, and ResumUP will craft a gorgeous infographic complete with your work history, skills, achievements, key values, and even your Myers-Briggs personality type. Share it with potential employers online via link or offline by downloading it in PDF or PNG form.

5 Things People Reading Your Resume Wish You Knew

Lily Zhang, Career Development Specialist at MIT, told several hard truths.

1. «If your relevant experience, education, or skills are hard to find at a glance, your resume might as well be blank.»

It’s understandable to want to make your resume stand out a bit from the typical resume, but getting creative in InDesign isn’t the way to do it. As the head of Google’s HR states, «Unless you’re applying for a job such as a designer or artist, your focus should be on making your resume clean and legible.»

2. If it’s not immediately clear from your experience why you’re applying, no one will connect the dots for you.

Whether you’re a career changer or just applying for a reach position, if a recruiter’s initial reaction to your resume is confusion, you’re not going to get very far.

So, make sure you connect the dots for the reader. It’s likely that you have an idea of how your skills can be transferred or why you’re more skilled than your years of experience might let on. But, unless you spell it out on your resume, the recruiter probably won’t be able to put the pieces together—and you’ll never have the chance to explain in person.

3. If your resume is difficult to skim, it probably won’t be read at all.

There’s some debate over how much time a recruiter will spend looking over a resume, but everyone agrees that it’s less than 20 seconds. What does that mean for job seekers? It means your resume needs to be as easy to read—really, skim—as possible.

4. If you expect to get your resume in front of a hiring manager, you need to first make sure you get through HR.

That means making sure a layperson can understand what you’re talking about in your resume. It doesn’t matter if you’re managing complicated supply chains, coding complex algorithms, or conducting cutting-edge research on nanolasers—none of your impressive feats will reach the appropriate hiring manager if you can’t at least explain it in a way that a nontechnical human resources representative can understand well enough to put you in the right pile.

5. If your contact info isn’t correct, nothing else matters.

Finally, don’t be that person who has everything a recruiter is looking for but is just impossible to contact. Check, double check, and test your contact information. Typos are always bad, but a typo in your contact information is probably as bad as it gets. It’s a really crummy feeling to notice an incorrect email address a couple months into your job search. Don’t let that be you.

Liar Liar

«Never lie on your resume!» You’ve probably heard or read that at least a million times. And it’s a great piece of advice. However…

The Muse recently published an article that pointed to a blog post titled «My resume is fiction» by Chris Baglieri. Baglieri is a Philadelphia-based engineer who starts the post by saying that he updates his resume with falsehoods at the start of every year.

«At the start of every year, I do this thing where I update my resume with falsehoods. I lie, intentionally and boldly: proficient in X; launched Y; led a team and successfully Z’d. I mold it to perfection.

The spacing, superb. The type, crisp. The language, terse. The experience, impressive. I craft it as perfect as an antiquated and dead document can be crafted. And in its perfect state, wrought with lies, I think about what steps I can take in the coming year to make it less fiction and more non-fiction.

I do this because my resume serves me. I’m the audience. When someone other than me requests a copy of it, I lie some more. I serve them a part of my resume. I take my wonderfully crafted piece of fiction, and, omitting the falsehoods, or more specifically, the falsehoods that remain at that time, and serve the requestor a non-fiction form.

Resumes are not dead, the audience simply changed. I’m convinced this is the best career advice I have, a modern day version of “dress for the job you want.” Craft your resume to how you want it to look, and then figure out how you’re going to make that piece of fiction a piece of non-fiction in year’s time.»

He told Business Insider that he’s been updating his resume in this manner for close to 10 years. «What prompted it, truthfully, was taking note of how I treated other people’s resumes. I’d be on deck to conduct an interview, glance at this document just before, extract a few talking points from which we could launch into a more meaningful conversation, and never really look at it again,» he explains. «When I looked at a resume in this light, while valuable to me, it seemed to have more value to the author.»

He says this strategy, which he recommends to everyone, is the modern day version of «dress for the job you want.»

«Craft your resume to how you want it to look, and then figure out how you’re going to make that piece of fiction a piece of non-fiction in a year’s time,» Baglieri concludes.

You’re skilled, but unemployed? Maybe you don’t present yourself right?

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There are many reasons why your resume is totally imperceptible for potential employers. Most of them openly say that half of your resume is garbage. They also say that they prefer a clear demonstration of your skills. What does it mean?

There’s tons of advice out there about how exactly to answer interview questions, what to wear to that interview and how to follow-up afterwards, but what if you’re having trouble even getting your foot in the door? For many people, it isn’t a lack of experience, education or training that is keeping them from getting a call back — or these days, an e-mail back. Instead, it often comes down to how you’re presenting yourself via your resume.

Elli Sharef, co-Founder of HireArt, says: «I see hundreds of resumes a day. The biggest mistake I see is people overstuffing their resumes, trying to cram every single activity, skill or job they have ever had onto one page instead of focusing on creating a coherent story. Just recently I was reviewing a 12-page resume that started out with the following:
«My skills include marketing, social media, project management, accounting, tax law, labor law, financial management, sales strategy, 6 Sigma, operational effectiveness, ad operations and software sales. I’ve also published two novels and took a few months off to write a poetry book last spring.

Employers won’t remember anything if you try to focus on everything. If you write out a long list of skills, an employer likely won’t recall any of them. It’s simply impossible to form a mental image if you present yourself as a lawyer, marketer and venture capitalist all in one. Which is it? Pick the one that is most important to you and emphasize it throughout your resume».

So what if you have a lot of skills? You can create a few special resumes instead of one incomprehensible and jumble.

One more widespread problem: many people write voluminous resume. There is a lot of advice about resumes out there. If you’re applying for a job at a technology company or corporation, it’s very clear: employers really dislike long resumes. Being succinct is among the most important skills for a job applicant.

Ok, you have something to tell the employer about yourself. How to make it brief and at the same time exhaustively? Use visualization. Visual things are better and impressive because they are easy to understand and remember as compared to a page full of text. This will allow them to identify you and your skills among the tons of text.

If you want to impress an employer, it’s much better to show than tell. Before you apply for your next job ask yourself: who am I? Or rather, who am I in the context of this job application? Tailor your resume to tell a story that is so compelling that they’ll want to meet you to hear more. You have many accomplishments?

One can incorporate designs and pictures that will show your personality and makes you different from the crowd. You can highlight the things that you think are most important. Maybe you want to put your awesome skills first and your work experience last if you are right out of college. In any case, it’s better to show results than talk about these results.