- Sending a Resume isn’t Enough – FOLLOW-UP. You would be surprised how much this improves your chances, but you might need a phone. You know, that device you are probably on 24×7. You mean Cell Phones make PHONE CALLS, too? Calling versus emailing is the recommendation. Of course, this is slightly situational. Don’t follow-up 15 minutes after you submit everything online. Almost like dating, maybe a 2 or 3 day rule.
- Don’t be ALL things to ALL jobs (Word Vomit) – Make sure your resume illustrates how YOU are a great fit for the job you applied to. Yes, this means you might need a few versions of your bragging rights. We are assuming that you are not being judicious and likely applying to multiple job openings? Always good to have a MASTER version and then a few pointed versions of your resume.
- ALWAYS include a Cover Letter and be succinct with application details – Take the extra steps. Also, this implies cutting down on the number of jobs you apply to (We are not trying to contradict the tail-end of #2, but the reality is that when you are in job search mode – the hunter – you are going to apply to a few jobs in a sitting). Applying to 52 versus 5 isn’t necessarily better. Quality versus Quantity.
- RED FLAG ALERT: Applying to MULTIPLE jobs within the SAME company or organization. Sure, you might be a fit for one or ALL of the jobs, but use discretion; to do otherwise reeks of desperation. Pick the one you like the most. If you do that well ALL reputable hiring managers or HR professionals will be able to make the connection on where else you can fit within their organization. Picking one job shows direction and confidence. So it goes without saying that you don’t want to POST your resume to a job board site and leave it VISIBLE… YOU need to be the one who controls WHAT you are applying to.
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Once you have applied (get it? “Applied”) the aforementioned you could sit back, give a light fist pump and say aloud, “Take that Job Boards”.