Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How To Avoid the Resume Black Hole

By Alison Doyle

One of the things I hear, over and over again, from job seekers is that it feels like their resume is getting sucked into a black hole when they apply for jobs online.
They take the time to search for jobs, follow the application instructions, and wait - and wait -  and wait.  They don't hear a word back from companies and their applications seems to be lost in a resume black hole.  In some cases, we're talking about hundreds of resumes submitted without a single response from an employer.
What to do to keep your resume out of that black hole and, hopefully, get it reviewed by the hiring manager?  These tips will help get  your resume, as least,  a fighting chance of being considered for a job.
  • Use resume keywords that match the skills listed in the job description, so your application has a shot at making it to the top of the pile.
  • Take the time to write a custom cover letter that specifies why you are a strong candidate for the job.
  • Use job search words to find appropriate jobs to apply to. The better a match, the better your chances are.
  • Apply direct - bypass the job boards and apply directly where companies are hiring.
  • Use SimplyHired to see who you are connected with at a company before you apply.
  • Check LinkedIn for job postings (and check the Groups you belong to, as well) and to find connections at companies.

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