Saturday, November 2, 2013

5 Ways You Are Eliminating Yourself in the Job Search

Getting noticed by employers is difficult. Yet many job seekers eliminate themselves from consideration--often before human eyes see their resume or their online application. Here are 5 ways you may be ending your hiring chances, plus what to do about it. 

5 Ways You Are Eliminating Yourself in the Job Search [Career Action Blog]
You may be eliminating
yourself in the job search
and not know it.
1.     No targeting. Are you going after any and all openings? Stop! Find the right opportunities for your skills and experience by researching careers with the Occupational Outlook Handbook or mySkillsmyFuture.org.

2.     No tailoring. Customizing a resume to match job openings is quick and smart. In many cases, all you need to do is change a few words to match an ad or rearrange details to highlight an employer’s desired qualifications. Make it easy for employers to see how you suit their needs.

3.     No keywords. If a resume or application does not contain the right industry- or job-specific words, it won't get through automated systems. Be sure to add these keywords to your resume.

4.     No attention to detail. Employers want to hire the best people. If your application materials are sloppy, disorganized, or have typos, they go into the trash.

5.     No human contact. When interested in a company, you need to reach out to an inside contact first or follow up with a hiring manager. An insider can pull a resume out of the pile. While I know this step is difficult when you are shy or introverted, it’s one of the biggest reasons you aren’t getting called in for interviews. So take a deep breath and make that contact, even if you do it by email first.

Go the extra mile in your job search by taking these five actions. It will pay off with more interviews and eventually a job offer!

1 comment:

  1. It is very difficult to get hitred in a job after 70. Even though I am physically and mentally able to work people want younger employees.

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