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.

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.