What is it about resume writing that sets people's knees to knocking, anxiously sweating? In a competitive job market, the anxiety only deepens. Is everything worded correctly? Am I remembering every detail? I know I've missed a simple spelling error. Wait--I spelled my name wrong?! Related: Improve Your Resume Results With These 5 P’s Of Resume Writing The truth is, before the resume ever reaches the hiring manager's desk, prospective employees are first in competition with their own way of thinking. Getting past fears and insecurities is the groundwork that must be laid. Settling the debate in your own mind that you've presented yourself at your very best is a starting point toward presenting a captivating, confident option to employers and generating interviews that result in dream-job offers. So the question is: how do you get to that point? How do you get to the point where you are confident that your resume is effective in helping you stand out from the crowd? After all, you don't want to 'almost' be the best choice: you want to be THE person who can meet the challenges, solve the problems, and excel at the offered job. Let's take a fresh look at your resume, to look through the lens of some of the best strategies and solutions and determine what can be done to transform your resume from flat and boring to fully the best.
There are many job seekers in today’s market who are somewhat satisfied with their current role, but who would certainly entertain a discussion should that perfect role appear on the horizon. Related: The Secret To Getting Interviews: Tap The Hidden Job Market While it is true that some amazing jobs literally fall into people’s laps, this is the exception to the rule. For your best shot at finding out about an opportunity that is too good to pass up, these six steps can help:
There are plenty of jobs in the hidden job market, but without the right strategy, you won't be able to tap into its potential. Learning one surprising thing about that market's attitude can save you weeks of wasted time, and more importantly, get you a job you are the perfect fit for! (The secret is in the above video from one of our Career Q&A sessions.) You're unique, but you're not special. Those two words go hand-in-hand sometimes, but they don't always correlate. There's a very competitive job market currently, so you're not special in employers' eyes. However, no one has the exact same experience you do, which means your skills may be perfectly tailored to solve their problems.