I recently offered to help a friend craft her resume for a new job search. She turned down the offer. She explained that she still had her resume from 10 years ago and all she needed to do was add her recent employment information. After all, a resume is a resume, right? Unfortunately, this is a trap that many job seekers, even first-time job seekers, fall into. As the job market changes, your resume needs to evolve to catch the eye of today’s recruiters. Up-to-date resume statistics can help you build a new resume that will stand out from the crowd.
You’ve tried everything. You’ve researched the companies that interest you and watched the employment section of their websites like a hawk. Networking hasn’t paid off. You spend so much time on indeed.com you’ve made it your browser’s homepage. You even went old-school and started perusing the classifieds in the daily paper. It’s not that you don’t have the skills, personality, and experience to win your dream job… you just can’t find it. Have you really tried everything? Sometimes, simply hoping a job opening will appear just isn’t enough. Sometimes you have to resort to the dreaded cold email.