Free Articles for Job Seekers on my advice column on USA Herald
Computers, Not People Are Reading Your Resume
Few things are as important in your job search as a resume. Resume databases are starting to give way to artificial intelligence. So your resume needs to get smarter too. Here is my article on World News to help you write a resume that will help you get past the machines and to the hiring manager.
Resume and Social Media Tips for job Hunters
Written by Andrew Reiffenberger.
Work, is more than how we make our living, it is how we provide for our families and our future. So getting the best opportunities possible is a critical part of leading a happy, prosperous life. That is why I love recruiting so much. At its best, it allows me to help people find the very best match for their interests and talents.
I recently was asked to contribute a series of articles on critical topics for job hunters. Few people will stay at the same job or even the same industry their entire professional career. So, job hunting isn’t something you do when you need to, it is a critical life skill you should learn and hone your whole life.
Tricky thing to know
With such a big and important topic, the tricky thing is to know where to start. I wanted to make sure my writing focused on practical, actionable advice so I stuck to three topics I consider critical for success as a candidate. The topics were navigating career changes, interviewing and resume writing.
As mentioned in the articles, I think it is important to think about every aspect as competing for the attention of the resume screener, interviewers and hiring manager. You want to know who you are targeting (think of them as an audience, I think that helps). And make their jobs easy. They are busy and the marketplace is crowded. So, make sure you “ready” and “aim” before you “fire”.
In my article on resume writing I shared a lot of tips and tricks. Before you start writing your resume make sure your work networks and social profiles represent exactly who you want them to be. You need to be delicate if you are going to start this process when you are employed so use good judgement. Think about keywords and customize your resume for the role and the company. Use their language where possible and make sure your resume doesn’t just say what you did but speaks to what you accomplished. Most recruiting departments (and recruiters) are using resume databases to screen for keywords. Make sure you have relevant keywords in your resume for your level of experience and intended job.
Andrew Reiffenberger Social Media Tips
Have a carefully planned social media strategy. LinkedIn is critical for most people’s job search. I have put a lot of time into my LinkedIn. Please connect with me and we can share networks and also I would be happy to answer your questions. You want to build a network of people you can get real value from and can provide real value in return. Build and demonstrate your expertise by posting original writings and make sure you have a professional picture and carefully proofread descriptions. Add links to other social media like Twitter. And on your Twitter, post content of similar types. If you want to post content you know a prospective boss would not like, then start a new account and have that type of fun on that account.
Author, Andrew Reiffenberger resides in Minnesota. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Andrew Reiffenberger and you can also connect with him on Linkedin.