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Improve Your Job Search – 7 Simple Changes

Not happy with your job search results?  A few simple changes in your process will significantly improve your callback ratio.  Not happy with your job search results?  A few simple changes in your process will significantly improve your callback ratio.  

  1. Study your resume. Does the top half contain all the appropriate keywords the job position is listing?  At the very least, your resume should have a career or skills statement at the top that contains those keywords.  When applying for different positions, customize that statement to include their specific keywords.
  2. Do not spend more the 10% of your time browsing the big job boards.  Surveys show these have the lowest possible chance of success with the greatest competition.   Your return on efforts spend are seldom rewarded.
  3. Every day, MAIL  at least 3 resumes a day to companies you would like to work for. Address them to your boss’s boss – not HR, and write “personal/confidential” in the lower left-hand corner. The idea here is for the big boss to give your information to the person you would be working under.  In this way, it looks like his boss is recommending you.  This “direct marketing” gets your information two steps past the resume boards and directly in front of the decision maker.
  4. Improve on your Personal Network of working people at different companies.  Make at least three contacts toward this goal.  The more working people that are made aware of your job search, the better chances you have of getting that “inside” job referral.  Remember, over 60% of jobs are filled through these types of referrals.  These opportunities are never posted anywhere. Be one of the lucky ones.
  5. Keep your online profiles and status updated on all social media. LinkedIn, Facebook, where ever.  
  6. Be active in groups, blogs, and social circles – those that might have inside information to job openings and would likely refer you for the opportunity.  Again, over 60% of jobs are filled through referrals.
  7. Even if it is not your area of interest, consider working contract or temp jobs to your foot in the door.  The object is to get people to notice you. People appreciate talent only after they see it in action. 

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