With the market now in full swing, what can you do to improve your chances of getting noticed and to improve your strike rate?
The following are 'quick tips' that you can use an adopt as part of your job search strategy.
Be selective - don't try to apply for everything. Recruiters are quickly put off by applicants that appear to be sending their resume to 100's of jobs without any real thought behind the process.
Contact before sending your resume - before you send your application, try to contact the person who is advertising the role. This is an ideal opportunity to find out information beyond the words of the advertisement. You will more than likely uncover some essential hidden points that will help you tailor your resume and cover letter more effectively.
Follow up your application - wherever possible, try to follow up the application with a phone call. If you are successful getting through (this may take a few calls), ensure you cool with a purpose and sell yourself stop If you're not getting the responses you expect, seek professional help. There could be a number of issues with your application, for example, not targeting right positions for your experience, or more often than not, the resume isn't reflecting the experience the advertiser is expecting to see in a resume.
Expand your job search outside of online job boards and newspapers, to include social media sites including that of LinkedIn.
Use cover letters - cover letters are an essential part of the application. Include a cover letter with your application, and don't just send the same cover letter, ensure you tailor the letter to each job.
Don't leave your applications too late as many recruiters begin shortlisting within the first few days of actively posting the job vacancy.
More tips to follow....
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