Looking for a job can be an overwhelming endeavor, especially if you are between employment and need the income. There are a lot of obvious things that may be overlooked, leading you to wonder how on earth you missed it! Here are a few tips and reminders to help you in your search.
Your Resume is a Living Document
Don’t put together a single resume and send it to every job that you apply for. The resume is a living, breathing document and it should be modified for every single opportunity you apply for.
Take a look at the job requirements and take the time to change up your resume to closely reflect what they are looking for.
You may need to go into more specifics on a certain aspect of a previous job than others. You may want to delve deeper into your strengths in a specific skill.
Whatever you need to do to make your resume look like the perfect match for that position, do it! With truth, of course!
Do LinkedIn Right
Whether or not you believe in social media, LinkedIn is a tool that a vast majority of recruiters use to examine candidates more closely.
Don’t be invisible! Sign up for LinkedIn, or brush off that old profile and get it updated. But remember – like your resume, a LinkedIn profile is a living document. Don’t be afraid to change things up, especially if you are applying for a big opportunity and expect the company to check your profile.
Have Personality and Be Thoughtful
Memorizing all the best answers to resume and delivering them verbosely during an interview may not be the best tactic for scoring an opportunity.
You want to appear genuine rather than staged. Let your passion for the work show. You need to let a little bit of yourself out during the interview – that’s the person who will be working there long-term, after all. Likeable candidates are generally the most memorable.
Being thoughtful and sending a thank you note a few hours after the interview is also a great way to stay fresh in the minds of those who are hiring. Be polite, be professional and if possible, reference something personal that was mentioned during the interview.