If you are looking for work, finding a job can certainly be frustrating. Here are 10 tips from HR experts that can help you find success:
1 – Get Your Resume Noticed
In most cases, when you email a resume for a job, it will be pre-screened by software, never looked at by human eyes. The software will only pick out resumes that have certain keywords. Though you won’t have access to these keywords, look in the ad for hints on what these keywords might be in order to get your resume noticed by a human.
2 – Don’t Stress About Your Resume
It is important you don’t stress about your resume as you don’t want to rely on them. Instead, use your time to network and make connections at the companies you are targeting.
3 – Have a Game Plan
When looking for work, you don’t want to apply to every single job you see. Instead, take some time to make a plan for landing your next gig. Make a tentative schedule of what you need to do and stick to this schedule.
4 – Research the Company Before the Interview
Did you land an interview? It is extremely important that you research the company before you go in. Talk to people who have worked there, browse their website and try to unearth information that will impress the person interviewing you.
5 – Say “Yes” to Water
Another good interview tactic is to always say “yes” when asked if you want water. This is a great way for you to stall, take a breath and pull yourself together before the interview starts.
6 – Know That the Details Count
You also want to put a lot of focus on the details. For instance, proofread any post-interview note and know that your resume and cover letter should be impeccable.
7 – Use Your Alumni Network
Most universities will have an alumni network. You should certainly use this resource for people who can help you find your next job. Even if they don’t know you personally, just knowing you are a graduate of the same school can help.
8 – Keep Things Formal
When communicating with someone for a job interview, it’s important to remain formal. For instance, using “chat speak” or shorthand, like “Thks” should always be avoided.
9 – Use Your Zip Code
Recruiters will often look for locals when it comes to filling open positions, so putting your zip code on a resume can help them find you when searching databases.
10 – Tell the Truth
Finally, it is imperative that you are truthful on your resume, cover letter and when in the interview. Employers want staff they can trust, and most of them can see through a lie fairly easily.
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