By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog
Many unemployed workers and job hunters are unaware of strategies that can put them in the lead for a job.
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Here are some ways to be a top candidate:
- Apply for jobs that match you. If you don’t have the right qualifications, you will most likely be eliminated instantly.
- Add descriptors and keywords to your resume from job ads, such as skills required, to help automated screening systems find you.
- Spend a few minutes tailoring your resume to emphasize how your background matches the job.
- Understand how your skills can help employers. Then contact companies even if no job is advertised. Employers looking to grow may see you as the solution to unmet needs.
- Find opportunities by networking with everyone you know, attending business events, and combing through business news. Again, don’t wait for a job to be advertised before approaching employers. After a job is advertised, employers must deal with a flood of resumes, which makes it harder for you to stand out. As an introverted or shy job hunter, networking may be difficult for you. But networking may help you get noticed and get hired. Otherwise you are just another resume in the pile.
- Follow up on applications by contacting the hiring manager or asking someone in your network to recommend you.
- Be positive, professional, and passionate about your potential role in the employer’s success. Make it difficult for the employer not to want you!