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With 2018 just a few short days away, many of us are not only reflecting on the year that passed but looking forward to the new one ahead. When it comes to resolving to be better at something, or a better someone for that matter, we should own up to the fact that the journey to self-improvement is a process. We should view the road to success as a marathon rather than a sprint. For if we did, we’d have a much greater chance of sticking with it when the going gets tough.

The infographic below illustrates our top 10 New Year’s resolutions and the simplest ways to achieve them. Happy New Year friends!

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Do you know the average number of resumes sent for a single position in the United States? The number will come as a shock to most – 250. That’s the average number of resumes a corporate job opening attracts. Out of those 250 candidates, 4-6 will be selected for an interview and one person will be offered the job.

Those numbers are pretty frightening for any jobseeker. So how do you get a leg up on the competition?

The answer is your resume which is the first impression you have on an employer. You could be the most qualified candidate but if your resume isn’t any good, you won’t land the interview. We put together a list of 5 resume hacks to get noticed by hiring managers and land more interviews.

1.  Beat The Robots   

The first step in landing an interview is getting your resume past an ATS and into the hands of a hiring manager. The majority of employers today use an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to screen resumes before they’re ever seen by human eyes. These systems screen your resume to determine if you’re a qualified candidate and send only the most qualified and relevant resumes to the hiring manager for review.

What’s the problem?

The problem is that these systems reject nearly 75% of resumes because they’re either not seen as a good match or aren’t optimized correctly.

The best way to get past these systems is to ensure you use a standard format and utilize relevant keywords. You should use a standard format and font because an ATS may have trouble reading resumes with unusual fonts, colors graphs etc. You should also tailor your resume to each position with relevant keywords. Look for keywords in the job description that the ATS may be looking for.

For example: If a position lists knowledge of Peachtree and Quickbooks as a requirement – Make sure they’re included on your resume.

Zipjob offers a Free Resume Review if you want to see how an actual ATS reads your resume.

2.  Numbers

This is a quick resume hack which will help land you more interviews. Many job seekers make the mistake of not quantifying (using numbers) on their resume. There is nothing that captures a hiring manager’s attention like numbers do on a resume.

You can find a way to quantify just about anything for any industry.

Example:

“Utilized Adwords and Facebook ads to drive additional sales”

Vs.

“Utilized Adwords and Facebook ads which resulted in $400,000 in sales with an ROI of 170%”.

You can clearly see that the quantified example is more attention grabbing. It also enhances the believability and portrays you as an achiever which is our next point.

3.  Achievements

One thing that separates a resume that lands the interview to one that doesn’t is achievements. If you’re simply listing out your responsibilities from previous positions, you’re not making a good impact.

Hiring managers don’t want to see what you were paid to do, they want to know what you achieved and how you will go above and beyond your responsibilities. Even changing the wording on some of your tasks could make you an “achiever” rather than a “doer.”

Example:

“Planned and coordinated company tradeshow appearances”

Vs.

“Planned and coordinated 15 different tradeshow appearances responsible for $1.7 million in sales”

Simply quantifying and choosing the right words can ensure that you come off as an achiever.

4.  Start Strong

You should start off your resume with a powerful summary and not an objective statement. An objective statement is boring and outdated. They should never be included on a resume and instead replaced with a professional summary.

This summary tells the employer a bit about who you are and why you’re the perfect fit for the position. Use compelling language and include major achievements from your previous positions.

The first bullet for each job description should also be the best. You want to capture the hiring manager’s attention from the start and the eye automatically lands on the first bullet points. Use strong action verbs and list your top achievements in the beginning to capture their attention and entice them to read into your resume in more detail.

5.  Concise and Relevant

Keep your resume concise, relevant and free of any unnecessary information. Job seekers often include information that not only has no effect, it’s usually a turn off to a hiring manager. Don’t list two full pages of positions you’ve held that have no relevance to the one you’re applying for.

If you have no experience in that specific position, briefly mention some transferable skills that relate.

You also don’t need to list out each and every responsibility you’ve had in your previous positions. Pick the most relevant and effective experience that shows you’re an achiever and a good match for the position.

With all that competition out there you really need to stand out to land interviews. Your resume is the first impression you have on an employer and you want to ensure you make a good one. Remember to use standard formatting, start strong, quantify, mention achievements and keep it relevant. Good luck with your job search!

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So it’s February and now’s about the time where 80% of us give up on our New Year’s resolutions.  Let’s not make that the case if you’ve resolved to find a new job in 2017.  In fact, if you’re still searching for a job you love, wouldn’t it be fitting to find it in February?

In honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, we’re listing 14 ways for you to find a job you love in February.  From your run-of-the-mill job search methods to more out of the box ways, you’re sure to pick up a few new tactics to apply to your existing hunt.

1. Frequently Check Your Job Alerts

Checking your email job alerts is by far the easiest way to stay proactive in your job search. It literally takes less than a minute to pull up your email, open your job finder and scan over the newly posted jobs that match your search.  Fun fact:  Job.com has unique jobs from employers nationwide as well as aggregated jobs from the biggest boards on the web. So there’s no sense wasting your time with multiple job alerts.  Look no further than Job.com Job Finders in your email!

2.  Post Your Resume

Posting your resume to databases such as Job.com’s will instantly increase your exposure. Employers and recruiters alike pay a fee to search most resume databases.  Including your resume in the mix tells them you’re ready for hire.  If you don’t have a resume or need help cleaning yours up, check out the easy-to-build templates on Online Resume Builders.

3.  Contact a Recruiter

Most recruiters are free for job seekers so reaching out to one is a great way to learn about jobs that may not be on all the job boards.  The thing to keep in mind when researching recruiters in your area is to find one that specializes in placing candidates in your field.  Many recruitment firms focus solely on one or just  few industries.  If you’re a salesperson it doesn’t make sense to contact and IT recruiter unless you have experience in IT sales. There are also additional online services that help distribute your resume to multiple recruiters all in one go.  For example, ResumeZapper is a resume distribution service that does just that.

4.  Talk to a Friend

Friends, neighbors, loved ones, they’re all eligible when it comes to hitting them up for job leads.  You never know who knows someone who’s hiring or is simply “in the know” when it comes to local job opportunities.  All you have to do is mention that you’re looking and to kindly ask that they keep an eye out for you.

5.  Check the Newspaper Classifieds.

Even though you may be thinking “newspapers are so 2000,” hear me out.  Employers today are still spending millions of dollars on advertising their jobs in the newspaper.  While most recruitment ads can be found online, the fact that they’re listed in the newspaper can mean a couple of things:  1.  The right candidates don’t use the Internet to search for jobs or 2.  The best candidates have yet to be found online.

Since many job seekers complain that submitting an application online feels like a black hole, applying through a newspaper ad can be much more transparent.  Many newspaper ads provide a phone number or an email address at the very least.  This gives you a point of contact for follow-up.

6.  Visit Company Career Pages

Most large businesses have a branded company career page.  You know, a place on their website that promotes their company and explain why everyone and their mother wants to work for them.  They’re usually complete with a mission statement, company values, and pictures of the company’s team building activities and work outings.  There’s also typically a job search function or link to their current job openings.  A great way to streamline your job search on company career sites is to come up with a list of all the major employers in your surrounding area and go down the line, googling each one.

7.  Attend Networking Events

I get it, attending networking events is NOT everyone’s favorite thing to do.  But it just may be necessary to finding the job opportunity of your dreams.  If you’re super shy or cringe at the idea of showing up at a function alone, summon a friend.  It’s likely they’d have something to gain from the experience as well.  Some ideas for finding networking events near you include “meet-and-mingles” which you can ID by joining industry groups on LinkedIn, networking websites such as Meetup and Eventbrite, and even Craigslist.  And just remember, networking events are created for, wait for it…networking!  So while you may be intimidated by so many strangers in one room, everyone is there for the same reason.  Don’t be embarrassed by putting yourself out there.  Just do it!

8. Attend Job Fairs

The slightly less scary and possibly faster approach to finding a job outside of networking is attending a job fair.  Job fairs can give you great practice marketing yourself in front of company recruiters and HR professionals.  They’re also great for getting free resume advice right on location.  While some companies interview candidates throughout the job fair, others are present simply to promote their employer brand.  Regardless, job fairs offer invaluable opportunities for your career.

9.  Get Promoted

We appreciate you spending so much time reading our posts and searching our jobs but a better job could be right under your nose.  Have you considered moving over to a different department or working your way up at the company you’re with now?  Many companies hire from with in.  Some have robust career development programs.  And others end up in a bind and need a replacement employee fast.  Do some self exploring to understand if you’re qualified to do a different job at your company and if said job will make you happier. If there’s an opportunity, go after it.  It will be a heck of a lot easier interviewing for a company that already knows you than to have to prove yourself to one that doesn’t.

10.  Leverage Your Social Profiles

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this tip is no longer a new age tactic.  It is common knowledge that hiring managers can and will search for you on Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and the likes in the event they find your resume interesting.  So what’s job seeker to do?  The obvious, of course.  Clean up all your social profiles.  That means no controversial content:  No party pics, no offensive political posts and no negativity.  Employers want to hire happy people!

In addition to keeping it clean, make sure your profile is up-to-date with your current work status and accurate title.  And speaking of, leverage all of those coveted contacts of yours.  Social media isn’t just a gold mine of data for advertisers.  Review your connection’s job titles and places of work and message those who may know of an opportunity that’s right for you.

11.  Volunteer

If you can swing it, volunteering is an excellent way to get a job.  Aside from it complimenting the rest of your experience on your resume, you can actually acquire new skills and knowledge as a volunteer.  And if that’s not enough, a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that those who volunteered had a 27% better chance of finding a job than those who didn’t.

12.  Connect with Alumni

If you attended a college or university you should access to some sort of alumni network. Many universities have local chapters all over the country and are great assets in the job hunt.  School pride runs deep and those involved in alumni networks are on a mission to help as many fellow alumnus as possible.  If you can’t seem to find an alumni chapter near you, LinkedIn is a great alternative where you can search professionals who went to the same school as you.

13.  Connect with Former Teachers

We all have the one or two favorite teacher who really made an impression on our lives. But did you make on theirs?  This may sound way out on left field, but if you’re still living near your old school, it wouldn’t hurt to reach out to your former teachers to see if they can help.  When you’re in the job market, it’s best to leave no stone unturned.  The more people who can help you find a job, the better.  Besides, it’s usually not acceptable to include a former teacher as a reference in job applications.  But if you have one that thinks the world of you, it’s likely they’ll offer whatever help they can in finding you a job.

14.  Get Creative

When all else fails you just might have to get a little creative.  We’ve seen a variety of ‘extreme’ job search methods used by job seekers over the years. From Nina Mufleh’s online resume that earned her an interview with Airbnb, to Adam Pacitti’s billboard that received over 100 job offers, there’s no limit to the creativity that can be used to get the job you want and deserve.  Shoot, (pardon the upcoming pun), we even came across a photographer who sent out 400 action figures of himself just to make his work known.  My point is, if you’re passionate enough, you’re creative enough.  If you feel stuck in a rut and just need to be heard, try doing things differently.  You just might get the results you’re looking for.

Got any job search techniques we missed?  Add them in the comments below.  Like this article? Share if with your friends.  Thanks for reading!

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