Have you been sending out resume after resume and not getting any responses? If so, then let Sideskills offer you a little help!
We understand the job market is soft, but companies are hiring and business is still happening. When looking for a new job don’t fear the competition, make the competition fear you!
Do you want to know a few secrets to getting a company to look at your resume in 2012?
5 Resume Tips to Get You Noticed:
- Cover Letters are Back in Style – A lot of people will debate that cover letters add an extra page that hiring managers don’t have the time to read. We don’t see that at all. If anything, a hiring manager will read the cover letters to skim over candidates, then look at the rest of the resume after a few catch their eye. Be sure to customize the cover letter and do not use a boring generic message. Make it less about you, and more about what you can do the them. The fact is most people are lazy, even when looking for work. So do a little research on the company and create a custom cover letter that is an attention grabber. This will put you above your competition and get your more responses.
- Understand Attention Spans – Employers are busy, and they will skim resumes to the halfway point to make their initial judgement of potential candidate or trash bin. Get your best information on the first half of page one.
- Get Visual – How do you stand out from the crowd, create a video resume to go along with your print version. In a recent annual employer survey, 89% of employers revealed that they would watch a video resume if it was submitted to them. This gives hiring managers a chance to assess your professional presentation and demeanor. You don’t need to be Steven Spielberg, just use your webcam and some simple video editing software. Don’t go overboard on creativity, just talk into the camera and be your professional self.
- Social Media Outreach – Have you tried to connect with the company through the social media channels? If not, make sure to do so. Another word of advice, go beyond the corporate account. Many of those are managed by third party companies anyway. Look for the executives, hiring managers, and other employees in the company and try to connect with them. Do not spam them, and don’t look desperate. As a matter of fact, don’t even mention that you are looking for a job. Simply start a relationship by creating value for them so they remember your name when the time comes.
- Triple Check Your Spelling – Using spell checker is not enough. Make sure to get another set of eyes on your resume to ensure words are spelled correctly.
We are confident these 5 Resume Tips to Get You Noticed will help you start getting more job offers today!
A new era of working is upon us, and the Sideskills community is here to help you succeed regardless of economic conditions. Remember to always pursue your passion and never give up!