Break these 5 job search rules to get hired
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- First, break the rule that tells you to send a stiff, formal resume that makes you sound like every other banana in the bunch. Forget that! You have your own voice and personality. You won't come across as a live human being on the page unless you put a human voice in your resume. Second, break the rule that prohibits the use of the word "I" in your resume. That's an old outdated rule. Your resume is a branding document. Of course you're going to use the word "I" in it!
Third, break the rule that tells you not to contact the hiring manager directly. Write to the hiring manager and send them two documents, your cover letter and resume. Fourth, break the rule that tells you to respond to a job ad by writing about the match between your qualifications and the bullet points on the job ad. Read between the lines in the job ad, and talk to the hiring manager about their Business Pain, instead.
Fifth, break the rule that says "Don't apply for a job unless you have all or most of the qualifications listed in the job ad." If employers only hired people who had all the fanciful-bordering-on-delusional requirements they list in job ads, they'd never hire anyone at all! If you can see yourself performing the job you're interested in, go ahead and apply for it!
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NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!
Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?
Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3x as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career News has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.
What to do when an employer doesn't get back to you
NEW YORK, NY -- Use Email First: Email is best for most business correspondence, from the immediate thank you note to subsequent follow-up correspondence. It's the timeliest way to connect and the easiest for interviewers to respond to. If you're not getting a response via email, consider other mediums to vary your approaches.
Send a "Stay on the Radar" Email: This kind of email works well since it doesn't add another "to do" item to the recipient's list. They are already overwhelmed, probably with people checking in on the status of the search. This type of email lets the interviewer "see" you and keeps you fresh in their mind. By telling them you'll continue to stay in contact, you also encourage them get back to you.
Change Your Mindset: The best way to get over a lack of response is to seek more opportunity. Continue to look forward rather than behind you. If a prospective employer isn't calling back, there's only so much you can do about this. Continue to schedule follow-ups as suggested, but once you've sent a reminder note, move on to looking for other opportunities. Keep searching and marketing yourself. The more you focus on the lack of a response from a particular company, the more stagnant your job search becomes. Focusing on what you can do in the meantime helps to brighten your perspective and increase your likelihood of job hunt success.
Recruiter biases you can't control
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Here are some of the most common interviewer biases that thwart job seeker success: The manager has already chosen an inside person for the job. So it's going to be very hard to convince this person an outsider can do a better job than his hand-picked candidate.
The interviewer has worked with someone in the past who did a poor job or was difficult to manage, and you remind them of this person. Of course, this can work both ways. If you remind them of someone they think is wonderful, they'll tend to like you. He's most comfortable with people just like him. Job seekers who are a different regional origin, age, personality, graduated from a different college, grew up in a different city or whatever - will be at a disadvantage in trying to fit into his profile of the ideal candidate.
You intimidate them. Because of their own insecurities, they're worried that you're smarter or destined to steal their job. He has the perfect prototype in mind, and you aren't it. In fact, no one fits his model. If this manager ever hires anyone, the unfortunate individual will be in constant competition with a figment of his boss's imagination. In her heart of hearts, they really didn't want to hire anyone. This is particularly true of entrepreneurs who are used to doing everything themselves. Giving up power or authority to someone else can be very difficult for them.
Can employers and recruiters easily find you?
NEW YORK, NY -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider working with a recruiter. Recruiters, otherwise known as head hunters or search consultants, are hired by companies to find candidates for them, and often know about unadvertised jobs.
It's important to note, that recruiters do not charge the job seeker. The company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.
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How to stay motivated during a job hunt
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Here are a few steps you can use to keep yourself motivated during a job hunt: Set targets and goals. Set daily targets to have one meaningful conversation each day about a job opportunity. Keep a positive mindset. Create a list of positive statements about yourself and your approach to getting a job. Do this for two reasons. First, so you could look at the list every morning to reinforce your positive mindset. Second, to read the statements at times when you're feeling negative, to turn yourself around and focus once again.
Map your career. Rather than dwell on the past, view job loss as an opportunity - an opportunity you can describe to friends as pressing the reset button. Think of it as a chance to map out the career you want so you can focus on achieving the right role. Network. Create a spreadsheet of your contacts, the people you know (including recruiters) who could potentially help you. Send out emails and make phone calls to let them know you are in the market and ask whether they knew of anything available.
Shape your career story. Work on updating your resume. Make a list of what you achieved, under headings showing your skills, knowledge and expertise. This will help you stay motivated as it highlights what you accomplished in your career so far.
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5 Sanity-Saving tips for the frustrated job seeker
CHICAGO, IL -- Get feedback. If you've been on the hunt for a while without much progress, take a step back. Talk to professionals with whom you have a strong and trusting relationship. Ask for and be ready to hear specific, constructive feedback. Are there things you could be doing differently? Questions you could be answering better? Follow-up that could be stronger?
Stay in the loop. Check your career network to learn more about the industry you're interested in and any changes or trends observed by people you trust. Whatever your reason for connecting, by the end of the call, meeting or social media interaction, there's a good chance you'll feel more relaxed, have more confidence and be inspired to excel in your search. Keep a highly active social media presence. The first place prospective employers go is online to check you out. You should be on LinkedIn, with a current and completed professional profile.
Exhale and relax. All job-seekers need downtime, and to take time to rejuvenate and have fun. Looking for work should be treated like a job in itself, but that doesn't mean you need to devote all your time to the task. Take time to pursue personal projects and to connect or reconnect with friends, family and colleagues. Above all, be patient. Job searching is a process, not an event. Despite how strong your qualifications may be, securing a good-fit position takes time, energy and patience.
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