Do you stick only to the top name job boards or portals? If yes, you
are denying your chances of getting into specialized positions.
Specialized groups or non-enterprise companies often steer clear of
top names. Choose your resume posting based on the kind of recruiters
that visit a given job boards.
If you are getting a peer or a consultant to do your job hunt to the
level of making contact with a prospective employer - stop doing this
now. You can get help to the level of someone gathering job order
description or information for you. You make the connect - use the
opportunity to create an impression.
Resume Blasting
Do you treat your resume like a promotional mailer? Distribute it all
over the place or get a group email ID and broadcast? This means (1)
Your cover letter or your resume is not customized for the job order
in hand - Resume customization in lieu of arranging the skill sets for
the given job order. (2) You do not follow up, there are employers who
seek to measure your interest with the follow up method that you
adopt. Plus your prospective employer or their job consultant knows
that you are hunting around, which will reduce your market value.
Another aspect of mindless blasting is clicking the APPLY FOR THIS JOB
button wherever you see it. When you submit your resume to a job where
you do not have minimum qualifications - and you have a reason to
doing so - make an offline connect.
75% of email traffic received by a generic ID such as is junk. If you rely only on email to get
your next job - forget it. Your resume is probably in the junk
Do not write a tell tale resume with private information. We've heard
enough and more about misuse of private information. Another aspect of
privacy - using Internet at work to coordinate your job hunt. Wake up
- Even a mom & pop street corner store can afford a network and a
firewall in it.
You do not want to rely entirely on the internet for your job search.
You do not want to deny the abundance of information that is available
on the internet either. Depending on your skills and where you want to
be working next, see if your target employers and their head hunters
are hanging out in Print Classifieds or Job boards.
Email is new age - it has been for over 15 years now, but an email
ID such as is not a great identification. Also see
what your social networking page is saying about you - from the eyes
of a headhunter, hiring manager or recruiter . Please blogpost here
about 'Big Brother is Watching '. Also your resume or your job hunt
webpage is a business document, it is not your platform to express
political views.
Balance 994 things you do not want in your job hunt come under 'common
sense application'. We do not want to question your CSA quotient by
putting down all of those 994. (Actually, "6 things" as a title did
not sound grandiose enough to attract your attention)