You have eleven seconds to grab their attention, to stand out from the crowd, and to leave an impression; eleven seconds to save yourself from elimination. Are we talking about the latest show on ABC? Nope, it’s the crazy world of recruitment.
Although you may really want that job, there are lots of other applicants who want it just as much. According to theworkbuzz.com on average of 75 resumes are received for each job posting – so how do you stand out?
I won’t bore you with the basics as I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but here are the dos and don’ts from a headhunter you may not have thought of:
Now that you have an amazing resume, you have to apply for the job! Here are 5 key points to help you through this next stage.
1. The biggest mistake I see made at this stage is not following directions. I suggest read right to the end of the posting as there may be important information and specific requests from the hiring manager.
2. If they say no calls – that means no calls, keep the stalking limited to your ex-boyfriend.
3. If the job posting doesn’t specifically ask for a cover letter, use the body of the email as the place to introduce yourself and explain why you’re interested in the opportunity and are qualified.
4. If you want to follow up wait until a few days after the closing date on the job posting. A handwritten card or message on LinkedIn is appropriate – emailing or calling is not.
5. Always have your research and notes on the jobs applied for handy in case they call. You will leave a sour taste if they call and you can’t remember that you applied to their company or details of the role.