Tools for Job Seekers

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on November 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Tools for Job Seekers

1. Recruiters can see all resumes posted on the Boards like CareerBuilder, Ladders, InDeed, Monster, Craig’s List, LinkedIn, DICE, etc., so make good use of the Boards.

2. Keep your resumes current by doing something every two weeks; any activity, adding a project or changing a date on the resume will result in recruiters viewing again.

3. Take advantage of all social media to connect with one person at each company you are targeting.

4. Check out the company website, look at the size of the company, find the name of the hiring manager, who’s in charge and determine how to approach.

5. Ask your connection for information regarding the hiring manager for the position you are seeking.

6. Important to list on resume and LinkedIn: school, sorority, field of study, function, company size.

7. Make connections on LinkedIn and Tweeter. Recruiters look at number of connections you have.

8. Fill out online applications very carefully; the system will kick you out if not done correctly and with no notification to you.

9. Put months on your resume so recruiter can accurately determine how many months you spent with that job.

10. Put dashes in between the phone number digits.

11. Repeat critical/key words often like non-profit or engineering.

12. Group words together like buyer and procurement /procure, accounts receivable manager and accounting manager, demand planning and inventory management (Boolean search)

13. Searches populate every Sunday on Boards and are pushed to professional recruiters.

14. A typical candidate pool will be 5-10 people high.

15. Recruiters look at Consumer Packaged Goods companies like Nestle, Kraft, Wrigley, etc for people with Walmart experience.

16. ‘Book of Lists’ is the Bible for recruiters and headhunters. The Book of Lists gives you essential information on the leading buyers, businesses and employers in over 60 of the U.S.'s most dynamic markets; a fee is required.

Sue Swinger-Ellbogen

Categories: Resume Writing

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