October 1, 2010 40 Comments
Job hunting is a simple process made complicated. Maybe we live in an age where there is so much information flowing that it is hard to know who to listen to. Really, there are 9 simple stages to the process:
1: Decide what you want and what you can offer. When deciding what you want, i’ve found a good check list from KPMG Grads in New Zealand that will help with your thought process. You can find it under the “Brand Me” section. You can find the link at the end of the post. Really worth a look.
2: Document what you can offer on a resume/c.v. that is easy to read and makes clear what you do. It needs to stand up to the 30 second test. (more on that later.)
3: Make sure your Resume/CV can be found. Use the box.net application to make it downloadable in all your social places.
4: Get all your profiles, bio’s and on-line places to make sure you can be found and make sure you state clearly the type of work you are looking for. (If you are in a secret job search then make sure what you can do is clear.)
5: Set up alerts for jobs on carear sites and job boards. Change your linked in professional headline to reflect that you are looking and what for (see the post from CornOnTheJob.). Get your resume/cv on all of the job board databases. (You can sign up for jobs by e-mail service at the same time.)
6: Network, network, network and ask everyone who they know and if they might be able to help.
7: Follow every opportunity to the death. If you get a sniff, get active.
8: Always send a cover letter with every application. If you don’t need it won’t bar you, but if you need one and don’t send it, your out!
9: Keep track of all the jobs you have applied for on a spreadsheet with a few bullet points as to why you applied and why you are suitable. there is nothing worse for a recruiter than calling someone who doesn’t know.
None of this is rocket science or complicated. If it was, none of us would be employed. Keep It Stupidly Simple!
Now for the 30 second test, which is free to all readers. Outside of an A.T.S, a recruiter will look at your resume/cv on-screen for about 30 seconds. They scan read for key-words, achievements and compatible experience. If it doesn’t jump out, then they will pass you by.
A few resume/cv tips:
1; Keep it brief and in bullet points.
2; Put skill headers and experience headers in bold
3: Make your resume keyword rich. (To find the best keywords for your resume/cv, find profiles of people in the roles you are seeking. copy and paste their details in to wordle.com to produce a word cloud.) Thanks to Andy Headworth from sirona consulting for pointing me towards wordle.
4: Cut out objectives and summaries. concentrate on facts, relevant skills and experience.
Now the test:
leave a link to your resume/cv or profile in the comments section. I will look at it for 30 seconds and let you know what stands out and what I remember. This 30 second review will let you know if your resume projects the 30 second message you need it to.
Employ Kyle Update
You might remember I ran a post on a job seeker called Kyle from the UK who was launching a marketing campaign to get employed. You might be interested to know that he has secured 9 interviews to date and has been offered 4 jobs. perhaps you should have another look at what he did!
Use the weekend to get your profiles ready for next week, get the resume links over to me and get social in your search.
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