Get hired with these simple tricks.
With most résumé-review processes now automated, it’s vital that you employ simple, search-friendly terms (e.g. customer service representative or marketing director) throughout. Hint: These can typically be filched right from the job description itself.
One size does not fit all. Every cover letter and résumé should be tailored to fit the potential employer and position, mixing and matching the traits and skills that clearly communicate why you’re the best person for the job.
FOCUS YOUR EFFORTS
Professional recruiters and sites like Monster or CareerBuilder can help, but you’ll often get further by picking five to 10 dream companies to concentrate on. Don’t just sign up for e-mails on job updates either; research these firms online and find ways -- personal blogs, official newsgroups, etc. -- to connect with employees and let them know you’re interested/available.
Use social networks to source endorsements from colleagues, to make business connections, to establish your expert credentials, and to let others know you’re looking. Informational interviews -- asking someone in a desired position to describe the day-to-day ins and outs of their job -- can also be hugely effective and (most importantly) make you hard to forget.
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