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How to Get Noticed in a Sea of Resumes: A Guide for Jobs Seekers with Lots of Patience and Creativity!
If you're reading this, chances are you've been looking for a job. You may be wondering when the unemployment rate will go down or if your skillset is right for the future of work. You've applied to everything you could find online, but nothing is coming through. What do you do now?
We're here to help! We have a list of 5 tips that will get you noticed and land you an interview in no time. Whether you're looking for your first job or have been out there searching since the end-days, it is not an easy task. That said, if you are getting discouraged by rejections after rejection (or even worse--no response!), try following these 5 steps and see what happens:
Update any weak points on your resume. make sure it doesn't just look like the same one as everyone else's. Include keywords from the job posting, or anything the hiring manager might be looking for, so they know right away that this is someone who wants their job (and knows what they are talking about!).
Take some time off. This advice is often given to people who haven't found a job for 6 months or more, but it also applies if you just want to find the perfect gig. Taking an extended hiatus from your day-to-day routine gives employers the chance they need to see what other qualified candidates might have missed out on by only seeing how great and talented you already are!
Refresh Your social media. Social media is the new resume. No one has any time to go through a pile of pages with outdated information when they can just look at your recent posts, and get an idea for what you are interested in from there. If people want to know how passionate you are about something - post it! Make sure that all accounts have clear photos or videos showcasing who you "really" are so employers don't need to wait until after hiring day to find out their newest hire seems like he's constantly unhappy behind his desk (even though this might be true).
Apply everywhere! Start building a network of people who can help get your resume in front of the right person. Do your research and find out where those opportunities are located. If they're in another country, so be it! Get clear on what you want to do. The more specific, the better. You'll know it when you see it!
(If all else fails), make yourself stand out from the crowd. Display your personality, show off who you are! List some of your hobbies and interests to show that you're a well-rounded person, not just another worker bee looking for their next paycheck.
Here's our last tip. spending just 20 minutes a day taking care of yourself and learning about new things, you're going to find that employers will be drawn in. Your interview skills can use the same treatment! Make sure your voice is professional. Confidence is key to succeeding in the workforce. Display it when you are applying, interviewing, and after you have got the job!