The key is to stand out from the crowd. As a job seeker, you want the employer or recruiter to identify your application as the one which perfectly fits the profile. But how to do it? A recent study of job search data by Indeed revealed a five-part formula for success. Here's the formula as recommended by Paul Wolfe, SVP of Human Resources at Indeed.
1. Be selective: If there is one take-away, this is it. The most important thing you can do to improve your chances is to carefully evaluate each job you're applying for to ensure a good fit. When you find an attractive posting, ask yourself: 'Are you qualified to do the job?' and 'Do you actually want to do this job?'
2. Narrow down your search: While it may feel like applying for lots of jobs increases your chances of getting a job - this is not necessarily the case. In fact, the research showed that people with the highest number of applications were far less likely - 39% less likely - to receive a positive response from employers.
3. Screen and apply to each job with care: Quality is more important than quantity. Pour your energy into crafting a few high-quality applications:
- Read the entire job description
- Pinpoint why it's attractive to you
- Ensure you can demonstrate the required skills and qualifications
- Pay attention to the application instructions
- Carefully read and answer all questions on the application
- Double-check your responses before you submit
4. Stay organized: Successful job seekers approach their search with discipline. Similar to studying for an exam or tackling a tough work assignment, set aside enough time to take your search on step by step. Organize your outreach and keep track of the status of each job application.
5. Keep a clean resume: Have a "clean" resume on hand that you can alter to fit each job application. For example, adding relevant details or emphasizing past experience to fit a specific job. Don't just start with the last resume you created for a different job.
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