Sunday, January 31, 2010

How to Improve an Online Job Search - What Job Seekers Can Do to Increase Their Chances of Being Hired

Deborah S. Hildebrand

Using the internet to find a new job is a smart move. That is if the job seeker uses it wisely. That means taking full advantage of all the tools it has to offer.

It’s not enough for job seekers to sit in front of their computer screen everyday and spend hours and hours searching through various job boards in the hope of finding the ideal job posting. Job seekers need to be more proactive.

Make a Resume Title/Headline that Attracts Employers

Ever search through the resumes that people post online and see some of the titles they use? Some of them, like “Your Next Best Hire,” are very off-putting to recruiters. Why? It’s because they say nothing and yet they say everything.

Job seekers who honestly want to 1) capture the attention of recruiters, 2) have the right people contact them and 3) land a great new job, need to make a great first impression by creating a resume title or headline that best describes what they offer.

It’s like creating a headline for a resume instead of an objective. The resume title needs to spell out who the job seeker is, what they have to offer a new employer and how they are different from the crowd.

Update Online Job Board Resumes/Profiles Regularly

Now here’s something important to know about the way recruiters search. First, they generally only want the freshest resumes. These are the candidates that they typically haven’t seen before. Plus they are the ones that most recruiters will assume (and rightly so) are actively looking. There’s nothing worse than locating an older resume with all the experience the recruiter wants only to find out the job seeker is out of circulation.

The other thing job seekers need to consider is that by updating their resume on a regular basis (weekly is recommended), they can “tweak” it according to their needs. This may mean adding additional information (like a recently received certification) or adjusting details (like the resume headline, especially if it’s not working) to grab the eye of the recruiter.

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