by Resume Digest on 01 Apr 2013 permalink
Aren't you sick and tired of dishing out the same resume at every job post that comes in sight? Can you think of ways to be a bit more remarkable?
Job hunting is the time where once in your life you have to sell yourself to the highest bidder for what you have to offer to prospective employers.
What is fresh, what is exciting, what is bubbly about your application that would make even a backroom office clerk put your resume to the top of the pile?
If you try to breakthrough via email you'll be like scores of would-be hopefuls spamming their candidacy through the system. Chances are you won't be elected... Why?
If you think the quantity of resumes you send is the name of the game you will be treated like a commodity. If you would rather present yourself like a uniquely gifted human being with attitude and passion you might find another soul out there in the corporate world who can resonate with you.
If job hunting is about selling your skills what can we learn from sales professionals? (even them have to find a job sometimes...) Instead of shooting at anything that moves save your bullets for the right target. Ask yourself long and hard what would be the ideal job that would fulfill your aspirations. Sounds a bit like a luxury when you have been out and about and the house could be repossessed any minute.. Here is the conundrum: the more desperate you look, the more opportunities will pass you by and the more people will be eager to take advantage of you. On the other hand, the more asserted, the more clued-up you come across, the more doors will open to you.
So what does a clued-up self-asserted sales professional do to get the business? Research. Target your ideal company, find out if you know someone who already works there, go and talk to that person. Find out who is the decision-maker with the power to hire and fire. Find out where that person eats, plays golf or has her nails painted (not quite, but you get the drift). Position yourself where you can be introduced to the people who can change your future. Don't tremble in your boots. The worst that can happen is to be turned down. You are already used to that - and there will always be tomorrow... Once you have figured out the type of position that could be vacant, then go and craft a unique version of your resume addressing each of the needs of the role and leveraging your past accomplishments in the light of what is to come.
Yes job hunting is a full-time job, but don't despair. Why not use an online tool like Resume Digest to do it like a professional?
Likewise you may like to train yourself with Aptitude Tests for aptitude, knowledge and IQ tests.
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