John Lees, author of How to Get a Job You’ll Love says: ‘Only about 20 to 30 percent of jobs are filled by people applying for published vacancies.’ So to find the perfect job… you may have go undercover.
It sounds illogical: why would employers hide vacancies? The reason is simple: employers want to take as much risk as possible out of the recruitment process…
The best way to advance your job search is to talk to the people making the big decisions: the hiring manager.
In fact, to greatly improve your job search results, the number of conversations with these decision makers is the ultimate metric you should be tracking. Not job leads found. Not new connections on social media. Not applications sent.
According to a CareerBuilder survey, one in six hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less reviewing resumes. So when we write our resumes, there is intense pressure to “sound good.”
We use big or fancy words that will make their resume sound professional and well-written. We fill the resume with buzzwords and cliches. And we use way too many words to say what only a few will do. Unfortunately, this approach can alienate the recruiter we are trying so hard to impress!
This summer you gained valuable work experience that will pad your resume for life after graduation. But for now, your summer internship is almost over… or maybe that temp contract is about to expire.
This is no time to develop short-timers disease, however; after all, internship and temp jobs can jumpstart your career after graduation…
As outdated as they may seem, your resume – in most cases – is what helps a recruiter or hiring manager decide to offer you a job interview, or not.
And being a cynical bunch, many of those recruiters – instead of looking for a reason to hire you – are looking for an easy way to weed out those not worthy. A big factor in that process: mistakes on your resume. Typos? Yes. But this goes beyond just grammar and the failure to have someone objective proof your resume…
We continue to talk about personal branding as though it has become an involuntary action, like a reflex or breathing. Not so.
Personal branding is a learned skill. Or rather in the Social Age, an always-learning skill.