Get your resume noticed by the people capable of hiring you. It’s easier than you think! Networking has gone through a massive renovation in just the last five years, but too many job hunters are relying on methods from 10, 20, even 50 years ago. It’s time to get with the times and put today’s top tools to work.
Here are the top four ways to get your resume in the hands of the people who count:
1. Use an Employment Agency
Most companies that use employment agencies want to test-drive a candidate so don’t let the idea of temporary placements drive you away. It can be an effective way for you to test-drive a company too. Across staffing solutions, 33 percent of workers receive offers for permanent employment. In fact, securing full-time employment is much more likely for those using staffing agencies than other types of hiring resources.
2. Put LinkedIn to Work
Two strategies stand out for making the right connections on LinkedIn. The first comes from asking your connections to refer you to contacts they might have who work in power positions. Networking with managers and executives will do more for your career than approaching HR managers who, frankly, don’t want to schmooze with strangers online.
That said, LinkedIn is also a wonderful place to stay up-to-date on industry news with impact on hiring and firing. If someone posts a blog on moving their location to a larger office downtown, reach out. Ask if they’re looking for people with your skill set. Make their content your contact point, and you’ll start out with a powerful advantage.
3. Write a Great Resume
If you want your resume to get noticed, it’s important to have a compelling and effective resume that will get you the attention you want. Start by reviewing successful resume samples online. You will also find templates online to help you get the formatting and content right. Include the most important and relevant professional accomplishments at the top of your resume.
Once you have the content set, review, review, and review again. It’s an even better idea to get a second and third pair of eyes to look over your resume for errors and to offer suggestions.
4. Rethink Your Network
Quite often, people think of their network as the ‘haves’ on their list of social contacts. They rate importance by what they assume someone can do instead of looking at every person they know as an opportunity to share value. A selfish networking philosophy won’t get your resume out there.
Instead, make a list of everyone you know really well. Then list all the people you kind of know, followed by a list of those you barely know, but still contact on occasion. Catch up with them online. How can you add value to their lives right now? Do it. Remind yourself to repeat the process every few weeks.
Over time, you will create the type of reputation that makes others want to associate with you. They will also be more likely to help get your resume in the hands of the right companies.
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