TIPS FOR JOB SEEKERS

Resume Tips:

  1. Aim to keep your resume short. Longer resumes, where unavoidable should have all vital information on the first two pages.
  2. Use lots of white spacing  to make the document easy to read.
  3. Ensure your profile and objectives are relevant to the job you are applying for.
  4. Explain all gaps in employment.
  5. Use figures where possible to show contribution to previous employers’ businesses.
  6. Ensure resume is customized to have same keywords that appear in the job description.
  7. Check for typos and grammatical errors.
  8. Emphasize accomplishments and results not job roles and duties.
  9. Always update your contact information as soon as it changes.
  10. Send your resume as an attachment, not as inline text, to keep defined format.

 

Job Hunting Tips:

  1. To improve your chances of getting a job, get rid of outdated resumes. Update your resume as your situation changes. People want to know the most relevant and the most recent news.
  2. Network to increase your circle of influence and tell everyone you know about your job search. Start with friends and family and let them help you search while they network with their own contacts.
  3. Use social media- LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and main search engines such as Google and Yahoo to find out about new opportunities.
  4. Visit staffing agencies around you- Try and locate staffing agencies within a 30 mile radius and register with them. Many agencies are starting to serve clients around the country and even online internationally.
  5. Consider voluntary work to increase your experience and exposure. The longer you stay unemployed, the less inclined employers and recruiters are to select you. Keep yourself busy and active , even if unpaid for a while.
  6. Train yourself. There are many skills that you can gain while job hunting to make you more competitive in the job market. Find our which skills are preferred in the industry you are interested in and work towards gaining or improving those skills.

 

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