It is said that 75% of employers check references, yet many people never speak to their professional references at all, or do so only at the end of a job search, when a job offer is imminent. This can be a costly mistake.
You've sent out countless resumes and have finally been called in for an interview. This is the point where you can make it or break it. If you perform well, you may finally get the job you've been looking for .
Your resume is the most financially important document you will ever own. When it works, you work; and when it doesn’t, you don’t. Unfortunately, technology has revolutionized corporate recruitment, and you may not know what it takes to build a killer resume for today’s job search . Here are seven secrets that form the foundation of every killer resume.
A great cover letter opens the door to your candidacy, but a poorly written resume can shut it just as quickly. Part of the problem for many people is that they rarely look at their resume, or ask people that are under-qualified for resume tips. It ends up with you getting a cookie cutter resume with a lot of jargon that will put a hiring manager to sleep. In this economy, that's not going to cut it.
Show me a stalled job search and I’ll show you a flawed resume. First of all, to be successful your resume must focus on a specific target job. That general resume, like one size fits all clothing, usually fits no one.
It's one of the basics of job search: You have your killer resume, a multitude of networking contacts and a rock-solid list of three to five references to help back up your past performance. But do you really know what these references are saying about you? You may think you've chosen the best, friendliest supervisors who love your work. But they may not always be discussing you in the most favorable light.
Let’s face it: There simply isn’t a better place to meet that bright-eyed love of your life than the place where you spend most of your waking hours: at work. And as a general rule, being at work is a time when you’re showered (hopefully), you’ve already dressed to impress and you’re ready to make a good impression. What other daily event is there where you go the full nine yards to look good other than for work?
If you spent a good portion of this year job searching, but are still underemployed or unemployed, there may be ways you can improve your odds of landing a great job. Here are seven tips that may boost your chances of landing your dream job: