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Three Things You Should Know Right Now About Job Search

The Hiring Process The Local Job Market Success on the Job

1. Your network is more important than your resume.
Most employers want a safe hire. If possible, they’ll hire someone they know, who can do the job successfully. Their second choice would be hiring someone who was recommended by someone they know. Hiring from a resume is their least favorite method. Of course, you didn’t exaggerate your skills and experience, but maybe the last three candidates did. So talk to people. Make yourself known. Start with your family and friends, then branch out. Talk to people who do what you want to do; people who work where you want to work; people who know a lot of people.

2. Your resume should be Applicant Tracking System friendly.
Employers believe they can’t possibly read all the resumes we send them. Many companies – large ones, medium-size ones and even some smaller companies – scan all those resumes into a computer. It’s programmed to pick the candidates with the most keywords: those terms you find under “Requirements” or “Qualifications.” Use those keywords as often as possible, so they make sense in context. Use the same word the employer uses, even the same form of the word. If he wants a manager, say you are a manager; you’re not a supervisor, or a boss. In addition, use the same order that you find in the job lead. Whatever requirement they put first is the most important one, so you should mention it first too.

3. LinkedIn is the new big thing for job search.
Back in the day, when employers wanted to fill jobs, they’d advertise in the newspaper, knowing they’d soon be flooded with resumes. Now, with LinkedIn, filling jobs is quick and easy. Hiring managers go to their own LinkedIn account; type the job title in the search box; and up pops a list of people who use those words in their LinkedIn profiles (similar to resumes.) The profiles also show who has endorsed the candidate, and perhaps even written a brief recommendation of them. The employer can call the candidate for an interview, and often, the job is quickly filled. If you’re not on LinkedIn already, you should be.

Frederick County Workforce Services has more information on all these topics, including FREE workshops such as The LinkedIn Connection. Check for an events schedule, and to learn more.

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.