How many jobs have you applied for over the last few months and nothing? If you are like most job seekers, you have applied for tons and tons of jobs and you haven’t even received a phone call to discuss your qualifications.
According to research from the Corporate Executive Board, the average number of applicants per job is 118. This can be very frustrating! What are some things that you can do to jumpstart your career?
First, review your resume to ensure that it is professional and lists all of your skills and accomplishments. Your resume is the first thing that a computer, recruiter, or hiring manager is going to review and if it is not professional and doesn’t list specific job related skills and accomplishments, you probably will not receive a call.
Hiring a professional resume writer gives you an opportunity to learn objectively about your resume and find opportunities for improvement. A professional resume writer can fine tune your resume so that your skills, accomplishments, and experience are listed accurately and appropriately.
Second, if you decide not to hire a professional resume writer, read various job descriptions of the particular type of job you are looking for to get an understanding of what skills are needed. Ensure your resume lists your appropriate skills as they relate to the job description as you want the reader to see that you meet the job qualifications.
If your resume isn’t specific and closely matches the job description with key words, you may not get a call. It’s important to correlate your specific skills to the job description that’s posted- this way, there are no guesses around whether you meet the qualifications and you would be more than likely to get a call to discuss your qualifications further.
Third, don’t be afraid to sign-up for projects at work and volunteer outside of work. These are skills that can be added to your resume and give you the boost you need. For example, if you are a Consultant and you want to become a Project Manager, sign up for as many projects as possible to gain project experience and exposure to Project Management Managers.
Then, ensure that the skills you gained in these assignments are listed on your resume. Also, employers like to see candidates that volunteer; both volunteering and signing up for projects give you great opportunities to network and certainly will help you jumpstart your career.
Fourth, find a good mentor or career coach. Someone who knows the ropes and company culture can help lead and guide you. Ask them how they progressed and moved up the corporate ladder- they will be happy to share as people love talking about themselves.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask your mentor to introduce you to key people so you can gain additional exposure. This will give you an opportunity to network and job shadow. Remember that social media can help you network as well. LinkedIn, Google +, Facebook and Twitter are great places to start building your network.
Last, but certainly not least, continue to work on your brand and image. Your personal brand and image is important; your peers and manager have an idea about who you are based on your past actions, reactions, attitude and your work. Ensure that you are viewed as the go to person and a team player. Being a team player and having a winning attitude will take you far and help boost your career.
These are some quick tips to help you jump start your career. We wish you the best of luck with your job search.