Increase Your Application to Hire Ratio
Understanding the labor market and the behavior of recruiters are great ways to help you score an interview for your dream job. You should be able to understand how the market favors a candidate, what industries are stronger than others, the types of roles that are in high demand, unemployment rates, average salaries for your market, and much much more. This will help you immensely as you will be able to position yourself to initiate a job search at the right time, in the right place, for the right role.
Knowing how a recruiter does their job is also a fantastic way to learn some tricks needed to get on their radars and on their screens. Recruiters are desperate to find talented candidates and are under insane pressure to fill their jobs with quality candidates. You should learn how to make their life easier by being easily found, know the right things to say and how to strike when the time is right.
Get On LinkedIN NOW
According the this infographic from The Resume Writing Lab, LinkedIn is still the place to go for recruiters. If you aren’t already on LinkedIn you are selling yourself short and are at a huge disadvantage of being discovered. Get your professional profile set up and start building a large network. It’s a great tool to leverage during a job search. Coming it at a close second is Facebook.
Clean Your Digital Footprint
Make sure your Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter and anything else is either completely private and non searchable, or that your digital footprint is squeaky clean. If it’s out there, it can be found.
There is a zero tolerance policy these days for anyone who acts out on social media and can jeopardize the reputation of a company. Be careful of what you put out there, pictures included.
If you insist of making your Facebook photo of you doing a keg stand, then put your profile on lock down and make sure your privacy settings are being used. Nothing will get you passed up faster than a poor social image. This is especially true if you are applying for a job that involves managing any type of social media platform, or have client facing responsibilities.
First Impressions Are Everything
You literally have just seconds to make an impression on a recruiter or a hiring manager. When a writing your resume you need to take time to create a resume for every position you are applying to. It does take time and effort, but it will pay off in the long run. Recruiters and hiring managers need to know you are the person they’ve been looking for and that you are as qualified as they need you to be. Keyword, metrics, success stories, and relative examples of your work all need to be highlighted for each position. Get someone to review it for you to check for spelling errors.
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Make sure your email is professional. A Hotkitty123@gmail email address isn’t going to help your chances of impressing anyone. Keep it simple and use your name, initials, or something relatively easy to recall. DO NOT put your photo on your resume or cover letter. This is not common practice in the US and it will actually make recruiters nervous that they will be accused of having bias or making a decision based on discrimination. It’s a job application, not an acting audition.