In a tough job market, it is important to make sure that you stand out in the crowd. With recruiters receiving more resumes per position than ever before, putting your best foot forward is of the utmost importance. Below are some tips to help you achieve success in the search for your dream job.
1. Tailor your resume to fit the job description. Read the job description thoroughly, and then add any relevant experience that you may have overlooked when you wrote your resume. Many job seekers waste their time by spamming out their resume to irrelevant jobs. Spend your time wisely by tailoring your resume to jobs that you are genuinely interested in and also create powerful cover letters that express your interest in both the position and the company. Looking for a job is a full time job in itself, treat it that way. Expect to spend a few hours a day, at minimum, searching career websites and targeting companies that contain job openings in your preferred field.
2. Network! The internet should be your primary venue for seeking employment, especially in the technology field. If you have not already, join professional groups and organizations relevant to your field, spruce up your LinkedIn account, and touch base with previous colleagues and peers in the industry. College job boards are also a great resource, as many recruiters will work with colleges that have degree programs relevant to their industry.
3. According to a recent survey by Saddleback College, the # 1 mistake that candidates make on their resume is spelling and grammatical errors. It is important to always proofread your resume and then have another person read through it as well. You may be a qualified applicant, but poor formatting or simple grammatical mistakes can be distracting for recruiters and could mean that your resume is overlooked as a result.
4. Be on time for your interview. Showing up for the interview 5-10 minutes early is ideal. Showing up exactly on time or late, makes it seems like you are unprepared. No one wants to hire an individual that is punctuality challenged. Another big mistake by candidates during an interview is to not ask any questions. Asking relevant questions about the company or the specific position shows that you have done some research and are interested in learning more. It is also always a good practice to send a follow up thank-you email to the individuals at the company that you met with.