Top 10 tips for landing a job (really!)
Brenda Greene, author of Get the Interview Every Time: Proven Strategies of Fortune 500 Hiring Professionals, insists that todays job market is not hopeless.
Some industries like the financial and real estate industries have been slammed and probably arent hiring, but some like pharmaceutical and environmental companies are thriving, she said. You need to be poised to be hired.
Greene offered 10 tips for landing a job in this difficult environment:
1. Start looking. If layoffs are rumored, dont wait. Start testing the waters.
2. Research a company before you send a resume. Be sure you know how they want to receive resumes and how to proceed with the application process.
3. Take cues from the job posting. Use keywords from the job posting in your cover letter and on your resume.4. Always send a cover letter. Otherwise, itll look like you just sent hundreds of resumes out to whoever was hiring.
5. Make two versions of your resume. Have a plain text version as well as one with design elements. This way you can be sure there wont be compatibility problems and all employers can read it.
6. Dont just list responsibilities. Verifiable numbers and specific accomplishments make more of an impression than a list of tasks.
7.Keep the resume short. If youre a recent college graduate, it should not be longer than one page. If you are a more seasoned professional, two pages is the max.
8. Check everything. Make sure your cover letter and resume are free of typos. Ask someone else to proof your resume before you send it.
9. Be persistent. If youve submitted your resume online and havent gotten a response, contact someone else at the company. Follow multiple leads.
10. Use free time wisely. Brush up on your technology skills. Join industry and alumni associations, too.