How to improve your chances of getting your resume noticed
Everyone knows that finding a job is a complicated process. At times, it can be stressful, frustrating, nerve-wracking, and discouraging. But don’t give up hope! Here are some tips to help you navigate searching for a job in the online environment. These tips can help you increase your chances of having your resume get into the right hands.
1. Customize your resume for each job application
While it is easier to submit the same resume for every application, this is a mistake. Each job you apply for has a specific set of qualifications and job responsibilities that are unique to the job. You want to tailor your resume so that it fits that particular job description.
2. Set up your job search parameters wisely
Most online job hunting websites will allow you to narrow your job search with certain keywords, geographical limits, job type, salary range, and other parameters. Many of the search sites also offer an email option where they will email you new job postings that match your parameters. For this reason, it’s important to set your parameters carefully. If you are not satisfied with the types of positions that are coming up, go back and revise your keywords.
3. Follow specific companies you want to work for
Many people find that it is useful to target specific companies or organizations where you would hope to find a job. Go to the company’s home page and look at the “careers” section to see what types of jobs are available. Use the company’s name in your keyword searches. And follow them on LinkedIn and other social media accounts, so that you can see what kinds of information they post.
4. Use resume keywords
Part of customizing your resume to the specific job ad is adding the right keywords. Look at the job ad carefully and determine which job-related words are likely to be the keywords that the resume scanner will be looking for. Make sure to modify your resume to use this same terminology. For example, if you are applying to be a medical assistant, and the job ad says “assist with sterile/surgical techniques” and your resume says “experienced with aseptic techniques,” then make sure you modify your resume to match what the job ad says.
5. Go for quality, not quantity
Sending off as many resumes and cover letters as possible is usually not a good approach. It tends to waste your time and result in resumes that are not well-prepared. Instead, spend your time deciding carefully which jobs you are most qualified for and crafting your resume and cover letter specifically for these jobs.
6. Don’t waste time on jobs where you are not qualified
With online job applications, employers are receiving hundreds of resumes for every job. In this competitive environment, it is probably not worth your time to apply for a job where you are underqualified. Use that time to find a job where your skills are a better fit.
7. Follow all instructions
When applying for a job, make sure you follow all of the employers’ instructions for submitting your resume and cover letter. The employers make these instructions for a reason, and if you ignore them, this will hurt your chances.
8. Spend more time networking
When it comes to online job-searching, it’s easy to get in too deep. There are so many job hunting websites that you can end up spending all day combing through different job ads. Some experts recommend spending only 10% of your job search time on the large job sites. They say that your chances of getting a job will increase greatly if you spend more time networking and less time online. For networking tips, try How to Build Your Career Network.
9. Don't take it personally if you don’t hear anything
After you submit your resume, don’t take it personally if you do not get a response. Remember, employers sometimes receive hundreds of resumes for just one job position. Don't let this kind of rejection get you down!
10. Keep on trying
Searching for a job can take a long time, and one of the most important things to remember is to keep on trying! After all, you won’t find a job if you don’t try.
With these tips, we hope you are better able to navigate the world of online job searching. Good luck!
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