With more than 35 million resumes posted online how can you get your resume to the top of the virtual pile?
TalentDrive, an innovative online resume sourcing company, has compiled tips for jobseekers in creating truly effective online resumes. Since TalentDrive launched in June of this year, it has provided resume sourcing services to more than 25 global companies, helping to fill more than 300 different job openings.
With today’s employment world made up of online automated searches, keywords and resume scanning, job seekers have an opportunity and a challenge. The competition is overwhelming, but working smart to impress employers and meet them where they’re searching is critical, advises TalentDrive.
Following are ten tips for getting your resumes noticed online:
1. Achieve maximum and targeted exposure.
Don’t ignore niche job boards, social networking sites, university Web sites or local community sites. Employers are increasingly expanding their reach to such online locations.
2. Go beyond standard resume forms.
Make sure to upload your complete resume. Don’t just fill in the standard resumes forms at the big job boards provide. While most recruiters rely on searchable databases like Monster.com they still search the Internet for Web based resumes not to mention you might miss out on getting in front of those who don’t subscribe to the big job boards.
3. Jump the virtual queue.
Remember that a resume is your sales paper to get in the door. Candidates need their "best stuff", the most impressive and pertinent information at the top to grab employers’ or recruiters’ interest.
4. Optimize your keywords
Provide industry keywords and your top skills at the top of your resume and repeat them often so they'll be sure to be picked up by the recruiter’s search logic.
5. Spell out acronyms.
Not every recruiter will know the industry lingo.
6. Be a parrot.
Rely on and reflect the job description – if it indicates "3-5 years experience", include that in your resume.
7. Devil is in the details.
Make sure your formatting is consistent and spell check!
8. Show them the money.
Senior-level applicants in particular should include a bullet list of accomplishments at the top, things that make them stand out over others, i.e. "awarded #1 salesperson for enterprise software team" or "managed a $1 million budget for marketing."
9. Be professional.
List multiple means of contact, including home numbers and cell phone numbers. Make sure to use appropriate email addresses for job hunting – "mysexymama@hotmail" or mybabysdaddy@yahoo" don’t scream professionalism.
10. Manage your Google presence.
You can help present your best face online by providing links to examples of your work. For example if you are a graphic design artist you might want to include past projects on a personal Website future employers can check out.
TalentDrive provides growing and established companies with a new way to source and screen quality talent through innovative technology combined with eyes-on review by experienced industry experts. With millions of resumes dispersed over tens of thousands of web-based locations, TalentDrive provides a resume sourcing solution that enables companies to better leverage the Internet to find talent within Sales, Manufacturing and Distribution, Information Technology, Finance/Accounting, and R&D/Engineering. TalentDrive enables companies to spend less time sifting through unqualified resumes, helping to increase a hiring managers’ productivity by 90%.
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