Too many people are out of work right now, and many are giving up on the chance to find a job. Sometimes having a different mindset about how to market yourself can open up your chances for success in your job search. There are a number of ways to use your resume, and trying one of these methods can make all the difference in finding your next job. If your job search plan is diversified, you’ll have a better chance of getting an interview because your resume will have been distributed to a wider audience of people.
Networking is one of the best ways to distribute your resume. Networking is getting someone you know to introduce you to someone you haven’t met before. While there may not be an obvious job offer, networking could prove valuable in getting you introduced to that position before it goes public. This could give you the leverage you need in today’s job market. It can certainly improve your chances of landing an interview.
You don’t need to know a million people to network. Start with the obvious: friends, immediate and extended family members, members of clubs or associations, service professionals you’ve hired, and even your stylist may know someone who knows a position you fit into.
When you talk to these people or contact the contacts they provide, make sure they have a copy of your resume. It is natural for people to help each other; however, it is not always natural for us to feel comfortable asking for help. Practice asking, “Would you save my resume in case you know of someone who needs my skills?” Chances are, you’ll get a friendly yes most of the time.
When answering a classified ad, it is expected that you will be required to submit a resume. Make sure your resume and cover letter are tailored to the specific requirements of the ad. And, read the entire classified section. Sometimes a job posting appears with a different title than you might think normal.
Understand the requirements posted in the ad and make sure your resume meets those requirements. Fine-tune keywords and critical elements to make sure your resume sells you for that specific position. After all, you wouldn’t try to submit a resume for a quick service cook when answering a catering and event planner ad! Although there are similar functions in both positions, the level of your qualifications must be adjusted to the position for which you are competing.
Employment agencies are another place to circulate your resume. If you’ve been out of a job for a while and need to start finding something to earn an income, try a temp agency. Your positions can sometimes become a permanent placement, and you have the opportunity to prove your loyalty by working through an agency.
Other employment agencies use a fee structure approach to placement. Check out fee arrangements and distribute your resume if your business internship would be beneficial to your job search. Many of these agencies work under a fee structure in which the employer pays a search fee for the position opening; and these are often for jobs that require specialized skills or difficult-to-fill positions.
Executive recruiters typically work with companies to find qualified candidates for senior-level positions and work with the company on a fee or retainer contract. Submitting your resume to an executive recruiter may not generate immediate results, but it’s an opportunity to get exposure to some of the higher-level positions that wouldn’t be advertised in the classifieds.
Make sure you have a top-notch resume for the recruiter to use that is specific to your professional position. Recruiters are more likely to assign you to a company when you are very clear about your accomplishments and the experience you can bring to the next company.
Bold and Direct
The direct approach is still a popular way to get your resume around. Perhaps you have identified a company or industry that you would like to work for. Although they have not posted any job offers, you can leave your resume with a good cover letter. Sometimes this will result in a request to fill out an application, or even an immediate interview! At the very least, they’ll keep you on their candidate file for a short time, and an opening may come up for which you’re qualified.
Think about the different ways to circulate your resume. Don’t wait for the opportunity to knock on your door; You need to post your resume to find the best opportunities! Follow guidelines when preparing your resume to ensure that you end up with a quality, professional document. Once you’ve polished and honed it, try a few diversified ways to get your resume moving around for job search success.