In this competitive job market, it’s more important than ever to set yourself apart from the crowd if you want to catch the attention of busy recruiters and hiring managers.
Savvy job seekers need a personal promotion strategy to enhance their chances of rising to the surface in the vast sea of generic resumes. Here are six steps for getting noticed in all the right ways.
1. Rock your resume: Certainly the traditional resume has lost much of its importance in the age of social media and dynamic interactive portfolios. Yet the truth is, you still need a resume, and it needs to be compelling enough to catch and maintain a recruiter’s attention. A recent piece in Forbes, 6 Ways to Avoid the Resume Black Hole, offers up some good advice on crafting a resume that is an attention getter.
2. Craft catchy cover letters: Cover letters may offer your best opportunity to make the case why you are the right person for the job. Make sure the letter quickly conveys that you know and understand the role advertised, have an awareness of the company, and possess the skills, experience and attitude to deliver value. A generic cover letter that simply changes the name of the recipient is likely worse that no cover letter at all.
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