The secret of a good job hunter is having a good strategy. If your resume is the path to get a job interview then the goal is to get your resume read and then invited to an interview. Here are 3 strategies:
- Sending Multiple Versions of your Resume
Some people think that if they submit a few different resumes that they have a better chance for the recruiter to read it. Well yes and no. Yes the recruiters will see that you have submitted a few times and but you will look desperate and unprofessional so no, it’s not a great strategy. Plus, larger companies often use software that screens for specific keywords or phrases to help narrow down the candidate list. Sending in more than one resume really doesn’t make a difference. I would suggest you follow up with a phone call.
- Know Your Audience
Check the website of the company and other social media that they use i.e. Twitter and adapt your resume according to the style you think the company will like. If you are applying to a very creative role or company than you need to have a very creative resume.
- Tailor Your Resume to Each Job/Company
Don’t just send out the same resume 50 times to 50 different companies. What I suggest you do is to create a long, full version of your resume, which then can be pared down and tailored, depending on the company, industry, skill set etc. You need to research and network so you learn about the culture of the company, which will help you determine what skill sets or values are going to be most important to each company.
At the End of the Day
The main thing to remember is that companies and jobs can vary as much as applicants and job seekers. Companies don’t want to be seen as just a number to you, just like you don’t want companies to view you as just a number.
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