Listening to common job-search advice – even from experts – can often make the job search more difficult. We tend to get so bogged down in details that we lose sight of the goal.
- Are you cutting too much experience out of your resume? Are you leaving holes in your background or experience?
- Are you telling a clear concise story on your resume? A modern resume – thanks to applicant tracking software (ATS) – should no longer be a comprehensive history of everything you have done. It should be a focused story, telling the reader how you are able to solve their problem (and fill their open position).
- Make sure your online resume has all the right keywords to get you past the ATS – you can do that by reviewing which industry terms show up on multiple job postings
- You should also be engaging your friends, family, and colleagues in your search. Ask them who they know and to notify you if they see positions that might be a good fit.
Every job search is different. Use your common sense and don’t blindly follow the advice of anybody. Pay attention to what is working and what isn’t and adjust accordingly. And finally, be patient. It takes longer in today’s market than it did even a few years ago.
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