Tips for Your Job Search
By Jay B. Crawford, Author of
What Not To Do When
Here is some food for thought but, just
a chunk of an important topic.
Don’t use a shotgun; use a rifle
approach when you express interest in an employment opportunity. For example, if
there are multiple positions listed for one organization do not apply for all of
them. You may be a generalist but probably not skilled enough to be as
proficient for each position as an employer may require.
For the position you do apply for make
sure you are in fact fully qualified. If you are not fully competent you will
not make it thru the initial screening process.
To ensure that you stand our as a
potential candidate your resume (not just your cover letter) must reflect your
experience, skills and training for the employer’s published position
requirements. Not only do you need to reflect your competencies/abilities but,
you must include how you fit into the role/responsibilities of the position.
A resume should not reflect job
descriptions for employers but show measurable accomplishments. If information
does not fit well under a job listing it probably will stand out better in a
skill/qualifications section in the beginning of your resume.
To best market yourself (which is what
you are doing) I suggest you compare an employment announcement with your
customized resume for that particular opportunity. Actually, lay the two
documents next to each other and cross off each requirement and your respective
fulfillment for it.
Job announcements are generally only one
or two pages. If your resume is longer than one or two pages reduce the size of
it now. If the resume is too long it probably will not even get read. Take out
any information that is not requested in the job announcement. There are many
items commonly found in resumes that don’t belong but we don’t have the time to
include all of them here. For example, as a recruiter I see objectives on
resumes that don’t even fit the position being applied for. Leave it off. Does
this type of preparation take time? The answer is yes but, if you are selective
in what you actually submit interest in you time will be best spent. Also
respect the employer’s recruiter or hiring manager’s time. If you do not follow
the instructions on how to submit your interest in a job listing you probably
have wasted your time tailoring your resume in the first place.
If you are just starting a job search,
or stalled in an ongoing pursuit, my book will give you over 100 more don’ts
when conducting a complete job search and obviously provide tips of what to do