Have you noticed how often you see testimonials used in advertisements?
I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to buy something new, I go online to read reviews. I don’t want to know what the company says – I want to know what customers think about it.
Reference quotes on your resume do the same for you!
If you add positive quotes about your work to your resume, you show recruiters someone else thinks highly of you. Quotes also convincingly convey your personality and work ethic.
Every now and then, I work with a client who truly believes all their experiences are equally valuable in getting their next job. Sometimes, it’s hard for this person to accept that the year they taught scuba diving won’t help them in their search for a marketing job. Perhaps it should be relevant, but to a recruiter, it’s not.
Recruiters are looking for people with a straightforward career chronology that perfectly matches the job they’ve posted. So how do you show recruiters you have what they want?
Does your resume start with an objective statement? Or a description of what you’re looking for in your next job?
If so, ask yourself why.
Is the resume objective simply there because that’s what you’ve seen other people do?
In truth most people start with a resume objective for this reason – they’ve seen it on other resumes and they feel it’s what they should do. But what most job seekers don’t realize is the resume objective is killing their response rate.
If I told you how to impress more half the recruiters in America, would you do it?
A survey by Workfolio found 56% of recruiters are more impressed by a personal website than by any other job seeker promotional tool (including resumes). They also found that only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website.
Even though LinkedIn is the number one online tool for professional recruiters, the experience is often frustrating. Many recruiters fail to find the candidates they need – not because of problems with the site itself, but because simple profile mistakes by candidates.
With that in mind, here are the top 5 things recruiters wish you knew about LinkedIn…