Sometimes I am amazed at people in transition who are approaching job hunting the way we used to. Finding a job nowadays means that job seekers are exposed to extremely tough competition unlike in the past, and job seekers who do not understand and do not apply the rules of the game will wait a long time for something good to happen to them.
It all starts with your résumé. However, the resume is only marketing material and not a legal document, although many still think it is the latter. The curriculum vitae is equivalent to an entrance ticket. It rarely provides information on personality traits, but rather contains a list of skills and achievements.
Many people today still take responsibility for writing their own résumés and often receive help from others who may be qualified due to their leadership skills or their work in human resources. What a mistake! In my opinion, creating a great resume is not like a hobby – one that really stands out, is undoubtedly one that is attractive, engaging, fascinating, and has the right keywords for internet inquiries. This is the job of a certified professional resume writer with years of experience and expertise.
Once that’s done, the resume provides enough material to create an equally effective LinkedIn profile. Don’t make the mistake of believing that they are one and the same. A résumé should be specially tailored and adapted to the respective position; the LinkedIn profile is more general and should have the correct keywords in order for the profile to be found. If your LinkedIn profile is not found, then you are irrelevant and non-existent to potential employers and recruiters. The computer software that conducts candidate searches is rigid, sophisticated, and unforgiving.
Once you are armed with the right tools and knowledge to compete, you will find that they have to call you instead of calling people! Note that recruiter applicants are just inventory to be sold. Recruiters are usually not open to discussion because time is money. You need to quickly evaluate your candidacy based on the position you are trying to fill. And your good communication and interviewing skills are crucial at this point: do you know what you are selling? Can you recite success stories from your past clearly and concisely? Can you convince the person on the other end of the phone line or the other end of the interview desk that you are the ideal candidate for the vacancy? Well! Keep practicing because practice makes perfect. Good luck.