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.