The real challenge is creating a polished, professional resume that is “skimmable” and makes it easy for recruiters and hiring managers to find what they need in under 8 seconds to land an interview.
A successful job search starts with a clear goal – that is, knowing exactly the type of job(s) you’ll be going for. All of your career communications (resume, job search letters, LinkedIn, etc.) will revolve around this goal. I can’t emphasize the importance of this enough.
Whenever job seekers with no idea of what they want to do contact me about my services, I recommend that they don’t even consider making an investment with me until they know exactly what type of job they’ll be targeting; because my services won’t really do them much good otherwise. A job-focused resume that highlights and aligns your skills and experience with a targeted job’s requirements and expectations delivers much better results than a basic, one-size-fits-all resume. Here are some tips to help you achieve that clarity:
Take inventory of your skills and compare the list with what you enjoy doing
In other words what are you good at? Does sales come naturally to you? Are you good at breaking down big tasks into steps and systems others can easily replicate? Do you know how to pen persuasive proposals that no one in their good mind could turn down? Do you have a keen eye for detail and a knack for numbers?
Next, consider what do you enjoy doing – planning and managing budgets? Showing others how to improve their processes and productivity? Training other to utilize the latest technology?
See what’s out there
While I don’t recommend wrapping all of your job search efforts into job boards, they’re the perfect place to find out which companies are hiring, what job positions are available, and what skills/requisites job candidates need to in order to qualify.
Spend some time on Indeed, SimplyHired, JOBS.GOV, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, etc. and see which positions capture your interest.
Get support if you need it
If you’re REALLY stuck trying to figure out what types of industries and/or professions best match your skill set, interest, and experience, I strongly recommend consulting a career coach that specializes in career counseling, direction, and support (feel free to get in touch if you need a recommendation).
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Now be honest… is the resume and cover letter you submit for jobs getting you noticed? Are you receiving invitations to interview? If not, we should talk! Contact me by phone: 1-866-562-0850 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION 15-minute consultation.
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