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Learn How To Get That Job – Resume Strategy 101

You might think that you might have found the ideal job. Then, while paging through the job listings, you identify a job posting, fine-tune your resume and e-mail it to the recruiter. After that the waiting game commences. When you are done sending your resume, it can be easier to sit back and hope the recruiter will get in touch with you. However — make no mistake — It is YOU that ought to follow up. You simply need to determine when and the way to do it.


Hold on for a Week, Recruiters Say

The optimal length of time to wait prior to following up on a resume you have sent is idealy one week. The vast majority of recruiters believe that applicants ought to hold out for one week before following up. A number of recruiters suggest you take action sooner, less than a week after sending in your resume. While several other recruiters point out that you need to hold out for them to call you.

The best choice? Go along with the majority opinion and simply wait a week.

Send out a brief E-Mail Message

E-mail is an excellent and effective follow-up method simply because it not only enables you to help remind the recruiter that you have sent applications for a position, but in addition it enables you to submit a resume for a second time while not coming across as being too pushy. A week after you have sent in a resume, send the recruiter an e-mail to follow up.

Follow these suggestions to compose your follow-up e-mail:

  • Place your full name and the title of the position you have applied for in the subject line.
  • Write a professional note that reiterates your qualifications and skill sets along with interest in the job.
  • Attached your resume again. (Do not make the recruiter look through old e-mails to find it.)
  • When you save your resume make sure to save it with your full name – “your name” resume.
  • Proofread and meticulously check your resume before you decide to hit “Send”!
  • Remember a typo can wipe out the likelihood of getting your foot in the door. Ask a friend to read your resume.
  • Phone With a Friendly Reminder

If you choose to follow up on a resume over the telephone, you should definitely rehearse what you would like to convey to the recruiter.

Make sure you keep it short and sweet. Introduce yourself and point out to the recruiter that you submitted a resume a short time ago. Be sure to state precisely what job you have in mind. You can at the same time enquire if they received your resume and if they are still considering candidates for the position.

If you get a recorded message, you really should call again later. Call a couple of times in the hope of speaking to a real live recruiter prior to resorting to leaving a message. Calling recruiters over and over again is not going to make them more likely to call you back. You’ll find it more than likely just going to irritate them. Nearly half of all the recruiters point out that their most significant pet peeve is candidates who continue to keep calling them.


Should You Just Resend Your Resume?

Have a couple of weeks elapsed since you sent a resume and you still have not received a reply from the recruiter? Do you find yourself thinking about simply reapplying for the position? Don’t. Recruiters in most cases keep resumes on file, and they will most likely find that you have previously sent one. Even worse, some might assume that you did not even realize that you’d previously sent applications for a position.

Only resend your resume to a recruiter when you’d like to apply for a different position at a company. Otherwise, you ought to e-mail or call to follow up.

Source: John Chase


Tips for Job Fairs and Interviews

Are you ready for  job fairs and interviews? You think a few resumes in your backpack, a pair of khakis in your closet and a general idea of what you want to do with your life is good enough. I have news for you. Here are a few tips to prepare yourself for any job fair.

Company research

Research the companies that will be at the fair. Look at their websites, read their press releases and search local newspapers for stories. Take not if company is growing or offering new products. Find out where the company is heading and how you could fit in and contribute to the company.

How do you look

Don’t show up with wrinkled, ragged or overly casual outfit. This sends out the wrong message that you are too lazy to look professional. Don’t wear clothing that shows too much skin. What may be appealing at club or bar will most likely be inappropriate when looking for a professional position. Like it not, you will be judged on your appearance.

The right introduction

When you send a resume to a company you usually include a cover letter. At a job fair, your cover letter can serve as an introductory greeting. Make sure letter is brief, but include the vital information about your qualification and skills.

Your resume

One of the most important things you can do is to create a resume that shows off your qualifications and work experience clearly and concisely. Make sure you get some one, like a career counselor or professional in the field, to proofread your resume before you hand it over to a potential employer. Take at least 20 copies printed on quality paper. Take a briefcase or leather attaché case. You will look more professional.

Who will be there?

Step one is to contact the career fair organizers and find out which companies will be there or do your own research. Many career fairs have website and list the participating companies. Once you have the list highlight the ones that interest you.

Presentation skills

Remember first impressions counts so polish up on your presentations skills for both job fairs and interviews. Do the same preparations as you would for a job interview and learn about the companies who will be at the job fair.

Show appreciation

Collect business cards at the fair and write a thank-you note to the representatives you met at the event. If you have the information, target their supervisors as well. Thank them for the time to speak with you or for making their representative available for the event. Don’t forget to add a sentence or two reiterating your strengths and interest in the job.

Follow up call

If you have not been told “no” or heard from a recruiter after the fair, follow up and check in with the company. Sometimes a company can take longer than expected to fill a position, so don’t be afraid and keep up with the hiring process. Some recruiters may put their job fair duties on hold after returning to work and dealing with day-to-day responsibilities. Making a call or send an email may remind them of their job fair follow up.

Good luck!!!