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Keywords are key (no pun intended)
So many applications, so little time. Many recruiters and companies use software to help them focus on the best matching applications. You should ensure that
- review job listings for your title/position and make a list of keywords used (incorporate these into
resumesamples for your industry for keywords
- Visit trade industry sites for your field
job search Boards
There are tons of
Budgetthe amount of time you spend on job searchsites.
- While it may seem like you are being productive applying to many jobs via job boards, you need to understand how to maximize the time spent applying online.
“There are literally thousands of job sites on the web, but the best job boards and
job searchengine sites have search tools that are quick and easy to use and allow you to search based on the type of job you’re looking for, your location, and other criteria.” – Alison Doyle
Are You Qualified?
No sense applying for a job online if you are not qualified. Don’t be sucked into “I can do that”, stick to what you know and can do based on your experience.
- Read the job description and compare it to your experience
- Don’t worry if you are a few years shy of the number of years experience required. However, if you are 10 years short of the required experience, you probably shouldn’t waste your time applying
- How do your skills compare to the requirements? Look for at least a 60% to 75% match as a criterion for applying
- Accomplishments are a huge factor – if you’ve already done what they are looking for the candidate to do – this is a very good match – apply.
May seem “old school” to you, but cover letters are still very important to
Whenever you apply for a job position through a job search board or company career site, you really should include a cover letter so that the hiring manager knows there is a match between your skill set, experience, and the job opportunity.Tweet This
- Make each
cover letteroriginal – This is a perfect example of where cutting corners does not work in your favor. Spend the time on personalizing the cover letterto each application.
- Mentioning the title of the job and briefly indicate why you are the perfect candidate
- Add something specific to the job description so that the reader will know that you are qualified for the job
- Try to address the cover letter to the hiring manager if you can find out their name
Answer All of the Questions (correctly)
An incomplete application with grammatical errors will not get you an
- Answer all of the questions completely
- To the extent possible, use the same keywords you used in
your resumeand cover letter
- If you reuse information used in other applications, ensure it is “cleansed” of information related to other applications
- Check for spelling and grammatical errors