If you are searching for a job, most become so bogged down with job listings, setting up accounts and getting into a pattern of sending one resume after another hoping it will hit and give you a chance for next step. But, unfortunately, that is not going to make the difference that you are looking for.
Though it takes longer, revise your resume for every job you apply using the key words that can be picked up by an applicant tracking system. Study the job description and position actual words in your resume that are the same in the job description. Make sure that you are mirroring those words and phrases. Modify wording and swap bullet points as well to fit the tone of the description. Check the company website to understand their mission and culture….adding that to your resume.
If you are not on LinkedIn, you need to be. After sending a resume to a job site, 90% of recruiters will look at your LinkedIn profile as the primary research tool and you need to be using this to your full advantage. When using LinkedIn well, it is one of the best resources for career networking.
If getting to the interview stage, it is what you can do for them that counts in an interview. How can you establish your worth and how will the company excel because of you. Examples of your past accomplishments should reflect similar needs that this business or organization is looking for. When you can display an event or project and the interviewers eyes widen, you know your on the right track to becoming a serious candidate.
After the interview, thank you notes should be sent immediately and not electronic ones. It has been thank you notes that sit on HR specialists desk that make them think about you more as a potential for a position even if it is not the one you are applying. Down the road, that note may spur thought for another position. I have seen this happen to job candidates many times.
Eraina Ferguson in her blog Think Like a Successful Man offers the following nuggets of wisdom which is important for us to consider as women too. The successful men I know apply for things; opportunities, jobs, conferences, you name it, they apply for it. Often. They even apply for things that they are not qualified for. Rather than over rationalizing your abilities, take a chance and apply for even the largest of opportunities and see what happens.
In order not to feel overwhelmed, some men use their voices to ask for help, even if that means hiring help. Rather than sinking psychologically into an abyss of helplessness, they ask for help.
Keep networking, talk to friends, and other business associates. Networking can be the tip of the iceberg and that includes more than just social networking behind your phone or computer.