What's your 30-second resume? Remember the adage about having an “elevator speech” or an “elevator pitch" when you're networking? Same concept here. Related: 10 Tips For A Powerful Elevator Speech In today’s highly interwoven social networks, it’s very possible you will run into people with whom you may want to share your job search plans. Given your interaction is likely to take place on the “fly.” It’s a great idea to have a 30-second resume ready to go – and, by ready to go, I mean well-thought-out and well-articulated, but not so rote as to be awkward like you are reading from a script. With that in mind, the same “rules” of the job search apply:
In today’s market, there are often very highly talented people vying for the same positions. If it comes down to two (or even three) candidates, the intangibles are likely to make or break the deal. Related: 5 Easy Ways To Make Yourself A More Attractive Job Candidate So, in thinking over your interviews and other interactions in your pursuit of the opportunity, ask yourself if you did the following:
Today’s more sophisticated e-mail systems often look for certain characteristics in e-mail text and in any e-mail attachments. Unfortunately, words or graphics that may be perfectly appropriate in some cases can cause spam filters to stop your e-mail, thus rendering your resume “never received.” Related: Resume Clichés: What To Avoid And Why As crazy as it may seem, totally innocent words can create problems for spam filters. Consider the alternate meanings of these words (as examples) and how spam filters would likely block your resume if it contained them:
Do you dread the miserable networking call or phone interview? Fear not. In a lot of ways, they are actually pretty easy! But, there are some drawbacks:
In today’s job market, it’s very easy to become frustrated by the lack of response to your resume or application submissions. The fact is there is about a 6:1 ratio of job applicants for each available position. What does this mean? It means you have to stand out, head and shoulders, above the rest of the applicants.