Job searching 101: Optimize your results Job searching 101: Optimize your results

Job searching 101: Optimize your results

Searching for a job isn't one of the easiest tasks, but it is definitely one of the most important ones in life. If you are struggling with this complicated task, we offer you a quick and comprehensive guide to optimize your job searching results.

CREATE THE PERFECT RESUME

Keeping it simple, you need to highlight your skills and your knowledge so that they are interested enough to move forward and ask for an interview. First things first, you need to include certain information and there is a way of organizing it. A CV needs to have: 


1. Contact information (name, phone number, and email address). Do not include your home address or your date of birth, as this is usually not customary. A great way of organizing this information is by including your full name, title, phone number, personal e-mail address, and, if you consider it is good for the position, your social media user.


2. Summary or profile outline, where you briefly describe your career interests or goals and you tell a bit about yourself. This section is right below your contact information and it is the first thing an HR professional will read, so keep it concise and describe your skills and goals and a brief outline of your professional achievements. Make sure it is well written.


3. Working experience, from the most recent to the oldest, including a brief description of what the position entailed. Include company names, maybe a company logo if you want it to make it more visually attractive, city and state, dates of employment, three to five bullet points describing what your daily tasks were. If possible, try to avoid any gaps between employments.


4. Education.  List your education and dates from the most recent to the oldest. Include, institution name, class or course title, class of degree, and highlight your top academic achievements.


5. Skills. Describe your key skills and highlight those that are perfect for the position you are applying to. Include any language you speak, technological skills, and certified skills. Include your proficiency level using the Basic-Intermediate-Advanced-Expert scale.

Try to keep all the information concise and visually organized so that it is easy to read. You can include more details in a cover letter, if applicable, so there is no need to include it in the CV.

FOUR TIPS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR JOB SEARCH

Whether you are trying to find a job or change your career path, you need to up your game. And we know it takes the right mindset to sit down and start creating your resume and applying for jobs, it is something we all go through. 

So here are a few tips that will save you some time and, also, get you better results. The key is to optimize your resources to make the most out of it, to keep track of all the information you gather and to stand out from the rest of the applicants. 

1. Use LinkedIn Resume Builder

LinkedIn has a feature allows you to create and update your resume without spending hours and hours doing so. You just load or update the information and export the file. Simple as that.

2. Create a Short Link To Your LinkedIn Profile

When you export your resume, you’ll notice that the link to your profile is long and full of letters and numbers that make no sense. This doesn’t look professional, so remember to change the URL on the app. You can determine your profile URL and keep it clear for your potential employers.

3. Track Your Reputation

Social Mention is an app that allows you to track what’s being said about you on social media. While you are looking for a job, you need to make sure that your reputation is clear. 

4. Check Your Resume Score

Use Resunate, a web-based software that will allow you to check how your resume is scoring in a particular job search. This is extremely useful to avoid the uncertainty of not knowing if a real person actually saw your CV.

These 4 tips are really simple to practice and they will really help you boost your job search and make a difference in no time. 

See also: "Tips to ask for a raise at work"

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