Organize Your Job Search Better

quick-tipIt’s a numbers game right? They say the more jobs you apply for the more likely you will get a job, and to keep yourself organized, I’ve included several tips that help me keep track of all my documents that are needed when job hunting. This is a real simple method I use when applying for jobs that allows me to save time and my sanity during my job hunt. I’ve been using this method for over nine years.

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Use Long File Names for Resumes

quick-tipAfter you’ve created your Resume a nice trick to make it stand out with the Recruiter is to have a long, descriptive file name. This usually works for small businesses or companies that don’t use Resume scanning software. For example, Homer Simpson creates a Resume for a Project Manager position and names the file Homer Simpson – Project Manager – Resume.  This would make it easier for the recruiter to see your Resume when it’s in their My Documents folder. It’s similar to when it was recommended to use different colored paper or a FedEx overnight envelope to deliver your Resume. All it does is make you stand out; it’s just a little something extra.

Job Hunt Checklist

job-search-stepsI’ve been a big fan of checklists for years. They offer a fast and easy way to see the steps involved to any goal or project. Finding jobs in Buffalo is no exception. These are the most common steps you’ll take in your job hunt. I like to use them as milestones and confidence boosters because I feel one step closer to my goal every time I cross one off.

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Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

linkedin-profile-optimization“87% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, so it’s a good bet that your next employer will look for talent there.” – Dan Fannigan, CEO at Jobvite.

Dan’s company, Jobvite – a SaaS platform for the social web that companies use to find and hire people, discovered this statistic when it conducted a recent study. It’s a good thing to know this fact because it seems LinkedIn is becoming the best method of networking, recruiting, and sharing your resume in the job hunt. Here are some simple actions Dan gives to boost your LinkedIn profile so recruiters find you, and your profile sells itself.

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Choose the Right Keywords to Use in Your Cover Letter & Resume

choose-keywordsThe job description is the first inkling you have as to what type of candidate the job recruiter wants, however, these job descriptions can be quite lengthy. Instead of re-reading the job description over and over again to get a sense of what skills recruiters are looking to hire, use a tag cloud generator that will automatically search through all the words in the job description and display (nice and boldly) what words are most used. This will give you ammunition to use when creating your cover letter and resume.

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What Type of Resume Should I Use?

resume typesThere are numerous types of Resume’s out there that a Buffalo job seeker can choose from, but which one is right for you? It all depends on a couple of different factors. One person can use different types of resumes depending on the type of job or even which company (some employers prefer a specific kind). Here’s a table that lists the 3 main types of resumes, their pro’s and con’s, and who they are best suited for. These three are the most commonly used in Buffalo.

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Use a Qualifications Chart

qualifications sheetWouldn’t it be nice to have a fast method of showcasing your available skills and compare it to the one’s required on the job description? Well, one way to do this is through a Qualifications Chart. A Qualifications Chart is simply a table with two columns that has the qualifications and skills required for a job on one side, and on the other side, a description of your qualifications and skills that match. It’s one of the best ways to easily show that you are the right job candidate for the job.  Continue reading

Keyword Stuff Your Resume with Skills

what skills to put on resumeWith the wide spread use of employers using computers to scan digital Resumes and cover letters, a job seeker needs to figure out how to make sure that computer chooses theirs among all the others. Think of it the same way way Google presents you with results for words you searched. The computer scanner searches for certain words that relate to the job posting. Use these tips to your advantage. Continue reading

POW! Grab the Readers Attention!

explosionDid I get your attention? Action words can help you grab the attention of the reader immediately so here is a list of words you can use on your Resume, Cover Letter or anywhere else you’d like. They are in the past tense because all your sentences should be in the past tense, except if you are currently employed at an organization. Continue reading

10 Job Hunting Tips

job search tipsI’ve added detailed tips on how to handle job hunting in Buffalo & WNY here as a quick reference guide. It’s a tough world out there for job seekers, but by following these tips, you can stand out from the competition and crush it. What I found best to get a job is to be vigilante and connect to as many people as possible. There are so many tactics out there to find jobs but they all boil down fundamentals that I include in the quick cheat sheet. Continue reading