Become a Better Job Seeker
The average job hunter knows that effective resume is the key to success, and it should be posted on the most popular sites to get noticed by the potential employer. Also, common knowledge states that a seeker should be active and apply online by visiting special sites to make more employers see their resume. This technique however should not be the first way to go because the resume posted online should pass a round of robots that scan the net for keywords.
Welcome to the latest installment of the Resume Crusade resume makeover tips by me, Chris Fields for Career Cloud. This installment is special because I am updating my own work! Yes, see this client, whose name has been changed reached out to me to update the resume we created 4 years ago. I always say, resumes are like smartphones, tablets and other technologies, because they can be made better. When “Lamon” asked me to update the resume, immediately, I noticed somethings that I would do very differently plus he has progressed in his career which meant we could really make something special.
We live in an ever-increasing online world, connected at all times and able to access nearly anything imaginable with a few clicks. This world has opened up an incredible opportunity for many to forego the traditional 9 to 5 desk job, and instead choose to work from home. Whether it's because there are children at home to take care of, or just because they would prefer to stay in their pjs all day, writers and editors are taking advantage of this opportunity and earning a great living from the comfort of their own home.
If you’re looking for a new job, where’s the first place you tend to look? Job sites, Google, company websites? If LinkedIn isn’t currently on your list, it should be one that you consider. It’s a great way to proactively reach out to businesses to find roles. Plus, a business or recruiter may even approach you directly with a job opportunity that suits the skills and experiences listed in your profile.
Probably the biggest problem millennials face when looking for a job is the lack of experience. Millennials are men and women who reached adulthood around the turn of the millennium, the years 2000s. The job market at that time was not in its best condition, which caused a lot of people to under-work or go back to school.
Applying for a job means pitting yourself against everyone else who applies for the position, and with statistics showing that the average listing has around 118 applicants, you have to stand out. Even more importantly, most recruiters spend an average of just 6 seconds initially scanning resumes before picking candidates to invite in to an interview. Standing out requires that you show creativity, catch the recruiters eye in that very short window, and make a good impression. Unfortunately, creativity can backfire, so you have to create a balance between professionalism and originality.