Here are 2 key ways to power-up your job search for 2018:
Revamp your resume. Today’s technology has made the art of writing a compelling, attention-grabbing resume even more critical to your success. Moreover, considering the level of competition out there for each and every job, yours needs to be topnotch. So ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my resume easy to scan so that my key selling points catch the eye of the reviewer? Most resume reviewers spend 30-seconds or less determining whether or not your resume is worth their time. Therefore your critical skills and accomplishments need to literally leap out at the reader and draw the reviewer’s attention immediately—a swift glance is all the time your resume will get.
- Am I highlighting the results I’ve achieved and quantifying them whenever possible? The results you’ve produced at previous positions are critical to crafting a compelling resume. By stressing your accomplishments, resume reviewers and hiring managers will get a real-world sense of both your capabilities and your work ethic. So focusing on the results you’ve achieved makes for a persuasive sales tool to get you through the door for an interview.
- Am I customizing my resume for each position to which I apply? No ifs, ands, or buts…customization is key in today’s job market! Modern applicant tracking systems only pull up resumes that contain the requisite skills for the position. If yours does not, it will be lost in the black hole of cyberspace… unseen by human eyes. Therefore submitting boilerplate resumes is a waste of your valuable time.
Use social media aggressively… but with caution!
Social media has become all the rage for both jobseekers and employers. The vast majority of recruiters and HR professionals admit to using social media sites as a primary way of both sourcing and prescreening candidates.
This means you will need to update and actively monitor your presence on sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. It also means you’ll need to proceed with caution. What you choose to share on the Internet stays on the Internet. So, whether you are posting on your personal page or a more career centered site, present yourself as the consummate, skilled and dedicated professional you are.
Most of all, remember to present yourself with confidence, energy and enthusiasm. Anticipate success—your attitude underscores everything you do. Take pride in your skills, your unique personal strengths, and your value as a potential employee. Recognizing all you have to offer is, bar none, the most powerful key of them all!
And for even more key strategies to successfully navigate today’s difficult job market, be sure to check out Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50. This step-by-step guide shows you how you can turn your age into an advantage and brand yourself for success.