Ways to bolster your resume for job searching

07.11.2014


Ways to bolster your resume for job searching
How you can better use your resume in the job search

The strength of your resume is, without a doubt, one of the most important prospects that will guide your job search. But after the hours you'll likely spend working on the resume until it's perfect, you'll want to find new ways that you can improve your chances even more. There are ways you can harness the document to further improve your chances at finding a great job.

Business 2 Community reported that one of the best ways you can improve the visibility of your resume comes from the Internet. Every hiring manager whose company you apply to will see your resume, but you can be proactive beforehand. If you format your resume for your LinkedIn page or host it on a personal webpage, you create a platform for managers to potentially discover you and a tool that you can use in any networking situation. Instead of emailing or handing someone a copy of your resume, you can simply send them a direct link to it, which they can then easily share with anyone else potentially involved in the hiring process itself. Many websites can also break down the framework of your resume and use it to send you "job suggestions" that better match your experience and profile.

Once you've completed your resume, it's also possible for you to take the skills you've learned along the way and use them to better guide future job search efforts. In many situations, if you simply search job-hosting sites for the skills and information you currently have, you'll likely find a number of job listings that relate to your current skills. From there, you can further see how many are posted in an average day and even gain more accurate information relating to the industries you may be able to join.

Customize it for specific positions

There's no doubt that the job searching process has changed with the development of resume-tracking software in the past few years. However, you can strike back against the limitations that this software can have, according to Forbes. Customizing your resume doesn't require hours of effort. All you need to do is make sure that your resume matches the language used in the job description itself, to a logical extent. You don't have to force keywords into your resume that don't make sense there, but you should make sure you match at least a few specific descriptions asked for.

You can also focus your sights by looking at target employers that you'd want to work for. By researching these companies' histories and their active goals, you can try and find any weaknesses in your resume that would draw away from those intentions. By doing so, you'll only make yourself more attractive as a candidate, as they'll see you as an important cog in their hiring efforts.

Examine the market

If you're limiting your search to one specific market, especially if you have skills that can cross different industries effectively, there's no need to keep doing that. Taking the time to see what competing companies and industries want and don't want from their applicants can give you a much more illuminating view into how you can further improve your search. By simply adjusting the language of your resume to emphasize the important factors, you'll get a leg up on the competition.

Of course, never stop working on your resume. Being confident in your job search involves never thinking you're good enough. If you're searching for the perfect job, you should work to continually update your skills and abilities whenever possible. Doing so will keep you actively thinking about how you can further improve your efforts.

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