Having a great resume is first critical step in a successful job search. Unfortunately, most people donít know best ways to get that resume noticed. In todayís job market, where you are competing with hundreds of other resumes, knowing right way to distribute your resume can make all difference.
First of all you need to get organized and stay organized. When you get that call from 200 resumes you sent out, you need to make sure you are ready to show that you know all about company thatís calling. So keep a log detailing name of company, position advertised and dates you contacted them along with any notes. (Readers may request a free log by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Next post your resume on job boards. Note that job boards are not most effective way to get a job with most of them having an effectiveness rate of less than 3%. Nonetheless, they should be a part of your strategy. Put your resume on large job boards and be sure to find job boards that are specific to your profession as many employers are skipping expensive giants and focusing their search.
To post your resume, youíll need an electronic (or ASCII) version of your resume. You can do this by opening your resume in MS Word, hitting File-Save As and choosing Text Only. This will create a .txt version of your resume. Close file, reopen it and edit out any stray characters left over from your bullets and other graphics characters. This file will now cut and paste into web sites and e-mails and automatically format itself. When you post to job boards, remember to setup search agents that automatically tell you about a new job posting. This will let you be one of first ones to apply.
Next find advertised positions that meet your criteria. You can do this by surfing job boards, checking papers and looking at company web sites. Donít forget to look at trade publications as less people respond to those ads meaning youíre up against less competition. As much as possible, try to find name of hiring manager and address your correspondence directly to them.
Now revise your cover letter to fit ad. Remember that an employer will look at your cover letter for 3-7 seconds, so keep it brief and easy to read using white space and bullets. Do not try to repeat what is already in your resume. Instead, tell them how you meet criteria they mentioned in their advertisement. Then proofread cover letter as any mistakes will eliminate you.