How on earth does toilet paper relate to your job search? You might be surprised. We all have preferences. When it comes to products you buy (like toilet paper) or companies you want to work for (like Google). However, it’s important to realize that everyone has different preferences. Some people prefer chunky peanut butter and others prefer smooth peanut butter. Some people prefer small businesses and others prefer big corporations. The point is, everyone likes different things. The same thing applies in job search. There are companies out there that you would love to work for and there are companies out there that you might never want to join. However, your preferences might not match up with the people around you. You could be hanging out with friends and mention your dream company, and someone could gawk at you saying, “Don’t work there! They’re a terrible company!” However, just because they don’t like the company doesn’t mean you won’t like it (or love it). So, instead of discounting that company based on your friend’s opinion, keep investigating. Just because it wasn’t right for this person doesn’t mean it’s not the perfect fit for you. Make your own decisions. You should figure out what companies YOU want to work for down the line. You’re responsible for your own success and satisfaction. Then, you need to take a proactive job search in order to land those opportunities. Don’t miss out on the career of a lifetime just because of someone else’s preferences. If you’re having trouble getting out of your career rut, watch this free 20-minute video tutorial with career expert J.T. O’Donnell. WATCH NOW!
As a job seeker, your goal is to get a recruiter to look at your resume and bring you in for an interview. In order to do that, you need to understand what’s happening on the recruiter’s side of the table. Recruiters get hundreds of resumes, and they can’t possibly go through each one. And they definitely can’t go through each resume line-by-line. There’s just not enough time in the day. That’s why recruiters have learned to skim resumes for the most important information, which typically only takes six seconds. When a recruiter reads a resume, his or her eyes move down the page in a Z-pattern (left to right all the way down). They’re looking for key terms that relate to the job they’re trying to fill. If a recruiter finds what he or she is looking for in that first pass, your resume will likely get a shot at a more in-depth resume review. And, if they still like what they see, you might even get a phone call asking you to do an interview. So, it becomes critical that you pass that 6-second skim. In order to accomplish this, you need to make it easy for recruiters to find the information they need in order to move you to the second part of the process. How do you do this? You need to format your resume in a way that showcases your key skill sets, or keywords that relate to the jobs for which you’re applying. If you don’t highlight these things on your resume and make them easy to see, the recruiter is going to toss your resume. If you resume doesn’t have the right keywords and doesn’t showcase them with its formatting, your resume is headed straight for the trashcan. If you need help with your job search strategy, watch this free 20-minute video tutorial with career expert J.T. O'Donnell. WATCH NOW!
No one calling you back after you’ve applied to over 100 jobs online? You’ve spent HOURS of time filling out applications and you still haven’t seen any results. Why is that? Did you know there’s only a 3% chance you’re going to get called after applying to an online job posting? Yup. Kind of takes the wind out of your sails, doesn’t it? The average job posting gets about 200 applicants, and HALF of those applicants get disqualified based on technicalities. From there, recruiters go in and use the applicant tracking system to filter out candidates. Once they have about 20 applications, they will go through them one by one. However, only 3-6 people will actually get called for phone screens out of this group. And only three people out of that group will likely get a chance to come in for in-person interviews. So, as you can see, the chances of you getting called are very low. That’s why this type of job search isn’t a good approach for most job seekers. Unfortunately, most job seekers do end up spending their time on online job boards applying to jobs because it’s seemingly the “easiest” way to find jobs. It’s also the most publicized approach to job search. What you need to do instead is conduct a proactive job search that targets your top employers. Instead of “spraying and praying,” you need to spend your time and energy on activities that drive RESULTS in your job search. So, if you’ve applied to over 100 jobs online and haven’t gotten any interviews, it’s time to change up your job search strategy. Watch this free 20-minute video tutorial to find out how you can change your approach and start feeling better about your career. WATCH NOW!
If you’re looking for a job, you probably know how FRUSTRATING it is to fill out online job applications. They take forever to complete, they can time out while you’re in the middle of filling them out, and after all of the time and energy you put into them, you RARELY hear back from employers. So, what are you doing wrong? Chances are, you’re making this tiny mistake when you’re filling out online job applications… This little error could result in your application getting tossed every single time you apply for a job. And that’s just a waste of time! What’s the mistake? You’re not filling out every single field listed on the job application. Sometimes you’re allowed to “skip” a field when you’re filling out an online job application. And you might take advantage of this, thinking, “Well, I don’t have an answer for that, so I’m just going to skip it.” Unfortunately, by doing that, you’re getting yourself disqualified. Here’s why.... The applicant tracking system, or ATS, gathers all of the data you’ve filled in and puts it into a “digital spreadsheet” of sorts. It immediately looks through this “spreadsheet” and compares all of the candidates on the list. With so much competition for jobs posted online, employers have to have a system to eliminate candidates that might not be worth reviewing. That’s where this “spreadsheet” comes in. Basically, the ATS eliminates anyone who didn’t fill out the online job application completely so it can narrow down the applicants. So, if you skip fields on the application, it will likely get pulled from the “spreadsheet” and no one will ever see that you applied. While it’s frustrating, it happens. So, if you choose to apply to jobs online, make sure you fill out every field, even the ones you can skip. If it does not apply to you, put in “N/A.” That way, you won’t be tossed on a technicality. In the end, though, applying for jobs online is a lengthy, frustrating process. Strongly consider other job search techniques that will help you move forward faster and more effectively - like strategic networking!
If you’re in the middle of a job search, you probably have lots of well-meaning family members and friends giving you advice on how to find a job as fast as you can. Unfortunately, these people could be giving you TERRIBLE job search advice without even realizing it. Do you ever hear people telling you to be “open to any opportunity” that comes along? Or do they advise you to “take anything that’s available”? This might surprise you, but these are actually the WORST things you can do for your career. Here’s why… Back in the day, employers were looking for hardworking people who could do everything. They wanted generalists. So, if you could do something, even if you weren’t the best at it and even if it didn’t relate to the job you wanted, you would put that thing on your resume. While this might have been sought after years ago, it’s not what employers want anymore. Employers are looking for specialists in their fields. They want to know that the people they hire know everything there is to know about the thing they were hired to do. Unfortunately, there are still lots of professionals out there who still brand themselves as “Jack- or Jills-of-all-trades.” They can do it all. They know everything. They’re generalists. And employers aren’t impressed. That's why it's important to showcase your specialty. What specific problem do you solve? How? That's what you want to focus on during your job search. So, before you take Aunt Hilde’s (accidentally) terrible job search advice from 20 years ago, think about how job search is being done today. What are employers looking for NOW?