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Four Easy Job Search and Resume Tips

Four Easy Job Search and Resume Tips

Yes, it is possible to find a job right now, in spite all of the current difficulties that we are facing. Even if you are comfortable in your current role, you should always be thinking of where you want to be in the next five to ten years.

Here are four easy ways that you can boost your chances of finding a new job.

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Use LinkedIn.

If you are thinking of changing jobs and you’re not on LinkedIn, then you need to join today! LinkedIn isn’t just a place to network, it is a marketing tool for job searchers. I have several clients who have been “found” by employers on LinkedIn – companies have proactively reached out to them because of the strength of their profile.

Think of five companies that you are interested in – follow those companies so that you understand what is important to them. You can also proactively pitch someone who works for these companies to see if there are any new or upcoming openings in the pipeline.

Quantify everything.

A great resume and LinkedIn profile demonstrate your value clearly and through numerical results (think revenue/P&L managed, percent increase in productivity, sales, percent decrease in quality defects).

Clients will tell me that their results can’t be quantified, but EVERY job can delivers real results: How many children did you teach? How many applications did you review? How many projects did you complete? How much revenue did you manage? How did you improve operations? Those are the kinds of questions that you need to ask (and answer) when you are trying to attract the attention of future employers.

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Increasing your online chances.

When you apply for a role online, your resume is typically reviewed by the company’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS). You need to make sure that your resume formatting is in-line with what the ATS expects (I recommend not using graphics or any special formatting that can be difficult for the system to read).

You can also “hack” the ATS by strategically placing the posting keywords in your resume to increase the likelihood of being a match. I use the Jobscan website – it’s easy to use and allows you to quickly see your gaps and what types of skills are required for the posting in an easy and objective format.

Don’t hide career gaps.

A gap in your employment history, whether it’s due to caregiving, illness, or layoffs, is nothing to be ashamed of.

I tell my clients that any future employer that would discriminate against you for having a COVID-related job loss is not worth your time and energy, so please, be honest and up-front about your employment situation, even if it isn’t what you want it to be. Clearly state on your resume and LinkedIn profile what you did during this time, listing volunteering, coursework, or other work that you completed.

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Colleen Paulson is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and career coach based in Pittsburgh, PA. She helps clients to position themselves in this competitive job market.


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