Make Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd: Part II
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Ilona Vanderwoude | CAREEREALISM-Approved Expert
April 05, 2010
In Part 1 about making your resume stand out, I talked about the resume itself and the 3 key components your resume needs to capture a decision maker’s attention.
Just to recap, these 3 factors were…making sure your resume:
1 – Is branded.
2 – Is focused.
3 – Provides proof of your brand and statements by using quantifiable achievements and context.
In Part 2 of this article, we’re going to look at ways to actually get your resume into the hands of hiring managers.
After all, you could have put together a highly powerful resume, but if you use ineffective job search methods, it simply won’t get noticed.
Job searching has undergone some drastic “nip and tuck” the past few years.
It’s not just the economy that makes for a more competitive landscape. These days, your resume may not be the first thing a company sees from you. With the proliferation of social and business networking sites, it may be your online profile(s).
So you need to know how to craft your resume, but you also need to know how to market it, and market yourself. In the end, isn’t it about companies showing an interest in you, whether it’s through your resume or another medium?
The majority of employers will Google you during the hiring process. They may even find you online to begin with, or be referred to you by someone who’s seen your profile online.
The good news is you can be in the driver’s seat by going after the hidden job market and using social networking. You definitely don’t want to passively apply to positions you see posted online. This has an average 2% “success” rate.
To be truly successful in today’s competitive job market, you need to use a combination of offline and online networking.
It’s still great to network in person and sometimes sending a hard copy of your resume will make you stand out in a time where email has become the norm. (Gen Y: that’s what those little square pieces of paper – stamps – are for.)