Job hunting has drastically changed over the last 10 years. That’s why you need to reacquaint yourself with the process. Not doing so can make your resume and approach appear blatantly outdated.
A failure to update your resume can ruin your chances of getting employed. Since the Internet has shifted the way it all works, you’ll have to step up your game and make use of the new technology for your benefit.
Here are some factors you need to be aware of before job hunting:
To cut down on personnel and save on costs, a good number of companies have streamlined their HR departments, and as a result, digital screening programs may be your resume’s first encounter. Plus, with reduced staff and increased workloads, hiring may be last on a company’s priority list. It’s more important than ever to get a hiring manager’s attention by making an impression with your resume — within just 30 seconds. (Yes, you read that right.) To get past the initial hurdles, your resume needs to contain the following:
Career summary: List your top skills and achievements. What are you recognized for as a professional? (Note: You can leave out the Objective in your resume — It’s considered outdated, and doesn’t add any significance. It’s best to start your resume by highlighting your strongest skills and greatest accomplishments.)
Job descriptions: Leave out a list of your duties for each position. Instead, focus on the company’s perspective — Tell them what you can offer for their benefit.
Keywords: Make sure you use the right keywords within your resume text that match the field and specific job you are applying for, and make sure you avoid using the same resume for every application. Create a template resume with your core skills and achievements and customize it as needed so that it best matches each job you’re interested in.
Don’t forget to search your name on Google to know what sites your name is linked to. Companies nowadays expect to see you online, and what’s there should be positive. If you have any doubts or concerns about your online presence, do a cleanup of any profiles and social media sites and feeds before applying.
The Internet can help you build your network and meet new people quickly. Look for people working in the same field with the same interests. You never know when an opportunity might come your way.
These are still desired by some companies, though they are not as common as they once were. When writing a cover letter, make sure to use bullet points to highlight the skills and value you offer to keep the letter concise and focused. Keep it down to one page.Your cover letter should reflect your personality and provide relevant information that isn’t included in your resume.
Create a new resume and use the Internet to update your approach in getting a new job. Follow these tips and you’ll get the results you want.