Most job seekers follow what could generously be called the black hole strategy. They “update” their resume, trawl every job board available, and just start shooting out copies of their resume everywhere they can. Day after day, they send out dozens of resumes, so many that when a recruiter does call them, the job seeker can’t even remember what company they’re talking about.
Many people stay unemployed for years, robotically spamming out resumes day in and day out and never even considering that they might be doing something wrong. More commonly though, job seekers with at least some valuable skills will simply broaden their search and lower their standards until they get a job. It won’t be the job they want, it won’t pay very well, and it may not offer much in the way of future opportunities, but they simply won’t have a choice.
Thankfully, there’s a better way. Read more
Days have passed since your job interview, and no one’s called or emailed.
Later, you learn someone else was hired for the position. You were sure you aced the interview and would advance to the next round, but obviously the interviewer saw it differently. Read more
Like it or not, Skype video interviews are becoming a regular part of the job application process. A market research firm recently found that 42% of companies used video interviews to recruit senior executives, management, and entry-level job functions, compared to just 10% of companies in 2010. And my company uses Skype for a good 90% of our first round interviews. Read more
Many job candidates have experience, and now, more than ever, candidates are often college-educated, too. This means even more competition for jobs. However, to increase one’s chances of beating out the competition, there are several things a person can do. One important action that people often overlook is the follow-up email after submitting a job application. Read on for tips and advice on why, how and when you should follow up. Read more
Every job seeker on the planet has experienced the agony of waiting to hear – about a job, an interview, a key contact, a next step in the selection process. These guidelines will help you minimize the waiting without antagonizing your contacts. Read more
One recruiter shares her go-to checklist for the types of resumes that catch her eye.
In my eight years as a recruiter at an investment bank, I reviewed thousands of resumes. I’ve seen and learned a lot, from the importance of proofreading to the art of formatting. It’s enough to know that there isn’t one acceptable format or approach to creating an awesome resume.
There are, however, a few key strategies that can make your resume more effectively do what you intend it to: Catch someone’s eye, clearly communicate your qualifications, and help move you on to the next stage of the hiring process. Read more
When I first moved to New York, I was a cover letter machine. I wrote to every sir or madam with a job opening. I expressed my interest in positions for which I had none. I waxed rhapsodic about companies I’d never heard of. My response rate? A whopping zero percent. Read more
We’ve all been trained to avoid giving out too much personal information when we’re on the job hunt. But according new research from Vanderbilt University, it’s better to get real about gaps in your resume – and being honest could actually land you the job.
“Our study provides the first-ever evidence that women who conceal personal information dramatically lower their hiring prospects,” says Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics at Vanderbilt Law School, about women who take time away from their careers to raise kids. In other words, being forthright about stepping away from work in favor of family actually works – refreshingly – in women’s favor. Read more
Job Seekers Need to Customize Cover Letters for Each Position and Goal
Q. You’ve just graduated from college and are entering a tough job market. What kind of interview preparation will help you stand out?