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Still looking for leverage to secure your next job? Times are tough and competition is extreme. In order to beat the competition, you will need to play the employment game smarter, faster and with more skill. What can you do to innovate and refine your job hunting skills?
- Detail your accomplishments: List your work results: what did this entail; how was this achieved; what role did you specifically play? This will dynamically explain what you have been able to produce for your past employers as opposed to just listing the static job description.
- Deliver quantifiable results: Did you increase revenue for the company – how much? Did you save time – how much? Try to paint a picture for the reader as to what you have been able to achieve in the past and how. Employers know that past results are the greatest predictor of future success; statistics will help the reader to see that you are a proven producer.
- Provide a profile rather than an objective: If you are applying for a particular position, the objective of your resume is obvious to the reader. Instead of using that space for information already known, why not create a summary of who you are and a list of your core competencies (innovator, facilitator, negotiator, etc.). The top 1/3 of a resume is where the reader’s eyes will go first, this has to be intriguing or else the reader will not want to go on.
- Actively participate in professional social networking sites: Facebook, Linkedin, BranchOut, Twitter, Ecademy, Fast Pitch, Ryze, Networking for Professionals.
- Engage and expand your personal connections: Join and participate in professional organizations (local chapter meetings, regional & national conferences), chamber of commerce mixers, Toastmaster meetings, Rotary and other service organizations. Consider serving on the Board of Directors for your professional organizations.
- Create inside connections: Consider volunteering or interning at your “employer of choice” to get your foot in the door and show off your smarts for free (win-win situation).
Your job search documents must have a sharp focus that leaves no doubt that your particular skills are exactly what the employer requires based on the job requirements. A targeted resume and cover letter should be:
- Customized – towards the exact position and company
- *Researched – learn all you can about the job and company and take advantage of that knowledge on your resume
- Indicating a particular position being targeted – don’t be shy but be direct and name the actual position you are applying for
- Connecting your capabilities to each job requirement in the position listing – match each job requirement to a specific capability
- Acknowledging past accomplishments but only in relation to the desired position