I have the best resume
Why they don’t respond to your shining resume?
Put it this way: When you are looking for a job, you have to start thinking of yourself as a product. In job hunting, you are selling a product, and that is yourself.
Of course, a buyer should want to purchase a good product. Think about your favorite product and list down the things that you really like about it. Think of yourself in that way, what are the attributes you should have in order for a particular company to want to have you on their team?
You can think of this as marketing yourself to the best possible buyer. This means that if there is something that a job requires, make sure you are able to present that well.
Instead, tailor your resume to fit the job description that you are applying for. This ensures that the recruiter will definitely consider you once they sift through all the resumes given on a particular day.
You have to keep in mind that your resume is not the only one that is being submitted to a company. You have to fight for a spot, and you can do that by grabbing the recruiter's attention by providing a resume that fits the needs they are looking for.
Take a good look at the job description posted by the company you want to apply for. Take note of the details that you know you are capable of, and put them on your resume. Doing this shows that you have read what the company is looking for and are really interested in getting the job.
Almost everyone has a presence on one or more social networks. Having an account on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, or any other social platform lets recruiters know more about you. You can call it another way of verifying the information you've listed down on your resume.
However, this also comes with a catch. Recruiters might get turned off to find out if you use social media in a negative manner. This is why it is very important to have a clean social media image. You can always be you, but it's best to make sure that there's nothing detrimental to your image that is posted on any of your social accounts.
Don't take it for granted; keep in mind that recruiters make use of social media in the hiring process. So, you have to make sure that your social profile really makes a good first impression even before you get the call for an interview.
Take measures to present your profile in a good light by using an appropriate photo. Not only that, make sure you don't post content that would surely make other people cringe. Even if you have privacy settings turned on, you have to assume that everything in your profile can be seen by a potential employer.
So, take time to read a job description, tailor your resume, and clean up your social profiles. By doing so, you can find yourself landing a job in the near future.
Why they don’t respond to your shining resume?
These days, a perfect resume won’t get you anywhere unless you use the right vehicle or, in the case of the Internet-driven age, the right online platform. One of these is LinkedIn. Considering that it’s a place where professionals from all over the world converge, you are likely to find your next employer as long as you create an impressive and professional profile.
1. Create a strong and detailed profile
LinkedIn can be likened to a super-fast exotic sports car that most people drive twenty miles per hour on a racetrack. If your profile doesn’t move at the speed it’s capable of, you’ll be left behind, eating someone else’s dust. To this end, create a profile as you would a resume, detailing all pertinent information and showcasing your skills, work experience and current job position. You should also use keywords relevant to your qualifications and/or the work you are looking for. When editing your profile, you should use LinkedIn’s Profile Completion Tips as a guide.
2. Improve how you present your resume
As you’ve followed each step to create the perfect resume, you should not hesitate to copy it here. Just make sure that you expand it until you are able to say just about everything that you have to say. To avoid sounding long-winded, know your target audience and give emphasis to important points. Think about who you want to impress and then write for them.
3. Find profile inspirations
LinkedIn is a very powerful tool and anyone who knows how to use it wins the jackpot. If you’re new to this social networking site, however, you may not know a lot about it. This is the perfect time to scour the site for professionals who have used LinkedIn for a long period of time. Use their profile as an inspiration in creating your own.
4. Search for like-minded individuals
This is more like searching for professionals in a similar field as yours. Check out their profiles and then copy everything you find attractive. Use it as a guide, but avoid copying information verbatim. As much as possible, highlight your good points, especially those that others in a similar field don’t have.
5. Put your best picture forward
Choosing the perfect picture to use can be a bit tricky, but stick to these three important pointers:
- A smile is everything. Smile.
- Avoid wearing a suit, however, unless you’re a CEO.
- Look casual and happy.
Choose a simple headshot and look straight ahead. Make sure it’s professionally taken and not a selfie.
6. Add relevant connections
When your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete, and you could not be happier with it, start adding relevant connections. You can do this by sending a connection request. Make sure to personalize each LinkedIn connection request as this tells the other person just how interested you are in connecting with them. Using default or generic sentences is sure to turn anyone off.
To invite only the right and relevant people:
- Search for “HR” and, on the list, select people. This will then give you a list of everyone related to HR. Recruiters are usually open to invites, just specify your workplace and avoid fancy invitations.
- Filter the list, starting with your location. Remember to add your exact city to narrow down the list.
- Filter according to industry, company side or other criteria that is relevant to your job search.
- Continue to set filters until the results go from thousands to just a few hundred. You can then invite them all. Continue to send invites until you have around 500 of the best connections.
- Lastly, you should remember to keep your profile up to date and don’t stop learning about how to use your profile settings. Remember that LinkedIn is your bible that will get you the best job.
You've finally made a resume and set up your LinkedIn profile. You might think that your work is finally done. Thanks to your online presence in the largest professional social network in the world, you have now opened doors for recruiters to hire you. Well, the truth is, your work is far from over. In fact, it's only just begun.
Think of your job-hunting experience as those machines that dispense newspapers when you put in a coin. Why would you buy a copy? Most likely, the headline intrigued you and you want to learn more by reading the full article.
Why is this analogy being used? It's the same with putting up your credentials on LinkedIn. Recruiters have access to your public profile, but they need to know more about you. This is where employment sites like Monster come in to fill the need.
Keep in mind that recruiters pay a good fee to online databases like Monster to access resumes just like yours. This is why it is so important to upload your resume to Monster – apart from having a presence on LinkedIn – so your chances of getting hired are greatly increased.
Your Monster profile
Of course, your profile on Monster should just be as perfect as your credentials listed on LinkedIn. You need to ensure that your resume, cover letter, and other related documents are well up-to-date.
Another tip about using Monster is that some big companies have a system of their own that requires you to input other details and attach files.
Why use Monster and others
Think about it this way: Monster and other recruiter sites function like one big newspaper vending machine. The more newspapers you put in with a catchy headline, the more often the newspaper is going to be bought.
Being on Monster and other recruitment sites gives you more opportunities to be seen by potential employers. That being said, you shouldn't waste the opportunity by providing a subpar resume. Make sure it's the best one out there by filling it with relevant information that will make you a potential candidate for a job.
As they say, the more calls from possible future employers, the merrier.
Tips on joining employment websites
Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when joining employment websites:
Most people ignore these kinds of systems because of the complicated process. They don't like having to submit their details over and over again. This is one area you can exploit by simply being patient in sending your details time and again. Eventually, it will pay off.
Make Google your best friend. Do a Google search for your job title and location. Find every employment website there is and submit your resume to each one. However, read everything carefully once you arrive at the website because the last thing you want is to get scammed. If you want to do further research, you can read about what others have to say about the potential recruitment site that you want to upload your resume to. You can check go to forums, social media, and other resources to find out more about the site, and then you can make a more informed decision.
Wait patiently. Always keep in mind that even though you may have the best resume out there, it will take time for someone to get in touch with you. Yes, you've done your part by submitting to as many as possible, but you also have to be patient when you don't get a call the first few days. Always remember that the job-hunting process is a long and hard road to take, but the rewards are great.
By submitting your resume to more than one employment site, you are putting yourself (the product) in front of a wide audience. Fifty percent of your work is now done, and the other half consists of waiting for that first email or phone call.
You might understate the value of a phone interview by considering it as just a first step in a very long job search process. However, acing a phone interview actually ensures that the next steps do happen. Yes, they can be nerve-racking, but you have to get through them in order to get to the next level.
Keep in mind that since the interviewer cannot see you, they are judging you based on your voice. Not only that, they are also basing the entire interview on what your answers are and what other sounds come through during the conversation.
I remember my first interview. It was for the Quality Assurance Analyst in a big company. The person who interviewed me actually just asked a simple question, “What is the Quality Assurance Analyst role in your opinion?”
The sad thing was, I just didn't know what to say. To tell you the truth, I wasn't really expecting the question, and was assuming he would ask me more about my professional experience. So, what I did was I started guessing. I tried to answer the question based on what I thought he wanted to hear. When I noticed that he wasn't particularly thrilled with the answer I had given him, I told him that I wasn't feeling well and asked if I could re-schedule the interview.
For my next interview, I was asked the same question, but this time I was more than prepared. This time around, I had Google to help me out. So, when the question was asked, I quickly Googled it and clicked on the first result. I was reading from the resource I chose, and I noticed the interviewer was very happy.
The next question I got was for why I left my previous job. I Googled the answer for this again, and gave the same answer as the resource I chose. I ended up with a perfect score from my interview.
Now, keep in mind that you should never lie in your resume and you should be able to answer any question asked about your skills or experience. You should also know that there are millions of general questions and numerous websites that can help you prepare for what you should answer. What you should do is go to these websites and list down the most common questions that would likely be asked in an interview.
However, there will always be a question or two that you will not be prepared for. This is the part where you forget about all the advice, but trust that you don't get confused.
Here are three things you need in order to ace a phone interview:
1. Your story. When you are asked, “Tell me about yourself.” Read from a script that you prepared in advance. Make sure that you tweaked it to fit the particular job description you are applying for. Tell you interviewer about the last company or two that you worked for, what you did, and what you achieved. Make sure you tailor your response to the requirements they are asking for. Make sure you keep this response to one to two minutes. It will be short, but it will also contain all the points listed in the job description.
2. Make use of Google and a friend. Your friend will serve as the other person who hears your interview and Google's a question to be answered. So, when you hear a question, take a few moments to think then read from the script that your friend Googled for you. Be confident and don't be afraid of the awkward silence. You were asked a question therefore you are allowed to think for a few seconds. You don't really have the need to talk right away.
3. Be prepared to close the interview on a good note. Prepare a script for closure. When a recruiter asks if you have any questions for him, be ready to read from your script and close the conversation. You can also do a Google search for “how to end a phone interview” then prepare your script based from the results you get.
With these three tips, you'd be off to acing your phone interview in no time.
While there are some candidates who invest a lot of their energy in getting as many interviews as possible to increase their chances, my advice is to concentrate all of your energy on one dream job. If you don't get it, you will gain a worthwhile experience that will make other interviews look like a piece of cake.
What happens when you are rushing all over to get different interviews?
Consider this scenario below:
You followed all the previous advices and got your interview. You have a time and a place. You try to find tips on the internet and there are so many so you are just getting more nervous and confused and your self-confidence is going down. Then maybe two or three more companies want to schedule their own interviews with you. That means you now have a lot of interviews to prepare for and so you start to worry. The more you worry the lesser chances you have to get any job.
On the other hand, if you only have one interview scheduled for a single week, you will have all the time and energy to concentrate on that one. In fact, this is very simple. All you need to remember is that you need to be at your best and do your best. You can pool your resources to prepare for interview day and as a result, your confidence grows and your apprehension will be gone because you are ready.
You can also imagine yourself working already in this company. You know where it is, where to park your car or how to get there by riding on a bus. You know the specific times there is heavy traffic at the time you should arrive and how much time it takes you to get there. You arrive thirty minutes earlier to drink your coffee, read the newspaper and go through your emails. You know all the people and they know you. You know what to expect.
Aside from owning that dream job even before the interview, here are practical advice to actually nail it.
- After setting an interview go there, walk around and know the area and the building
- Check out LinkedIn to see who is going to interview you (usually you know in advance)
- Learn everything you can about the company and about your part in the specific project
- Prepare a story to answer everything in the job description from your previous experiences
- Save the entire day, don't plan anything else
- Eat and drink right, you have to be at your best. If you don't feel well, call and reschedule
- Arrive thirty minutes earlier to the area and fifteen minutes before the interview
- During the interview, show that you are confident, easy going and professional
- Answer straight to the point until you feel the interviewer is satisfied with your answer
- When you're asked about the salary, give a range and be ready to negotiate
- If it comes to salary negotiation, ask what is the budget and requirements for your position
- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer in the end and your references
You see, passing any interview need not be complicated. Concentrate on one interview at a time. Give it all your energy and time and in the process, gain more self-confidence. That’s how to nail a job interview
You have to keep in mind that finding a job is not an easy task. Sure, the Internet makes a lot of things easier these days, but this doesn't mean that you can neglect all effort. In fact, you have to work doubly hard. With lots of companies having websites these days, an interviewer can directly ask what you know about the company, and you should come prepared with an answer.
This just shows that you really looked into the company you plan to work for and took the time to learn about what they do before coming in for your interview. This kind of attitude will give you good points because you came prepared, and that is somewhat of a rarity these days.
The development of the Web may have made things more convenient, but it has also opened up different possibilities for you to learn something new. As a job searcher or someone who wants to take a different career path, taking advantage of what the Internet has to offer is a must.
Sign up on social media sites, put up your resume online, and interact with people within your niche. Doing so sharpens your skill and broadens your horizons. Keep in mind that having the right knowledge before applying for jobs is a great edge that can work to your advantage. With the tips offered in this eBook, we hope you gain all the knowledge and confidence you need to go and get the job that you've always wanted to have.
Best of luck!