3 Tricks to Get Recruiters to Pay Attention to You

It can be hard It is hard to get a job these days.

There is an abundance of workers for a handful of jobs, and the competition is simply awful out there.

The only way to survive and get the job you want is to be different…stand out from the others.

To stand out from the others, you need to have your very own unique brand. A unique personal brand will put you in a favorable position with recruiters who may run a background check on you before calling you for an interview. It could be one of your assets.

Building a unique personal brand can be done in several ways. Follow these steps, and you’ll be called to job interviews even when you are not actively looking for a job!

Infographic Resumes

Infographic Resume Template

Unlike the traditional text-based resumes, infographic resumes tweak things up by adding the element of visual into it. What’s great about including visuals in your resume is that it increases your chances of standing out from the rest.

Like in the example above, visual resumes put the important details, like your achievements, past experiences, and skills that make you an ideal candidate for the position front and center. Its purpose is not simply to be visually appealing, but also to make it easy for the reader to review.

Plus, infographic resumes let you show off your creativity, and if you are applying for a creative job like a designer or a digital marketer, your visual resume itself could serve as an attestation of your talent.

But it may not fit all types of jobs. For example, if you are applying for a legal position, a visual resume may not be in your best interest. And if the place you are applying to won’t appreciate an infographic resume, you can include it in your LinkedIn profile.

If you are doing an infographic resume, then it is important to do it right. To do it right you need to

  • Select the correct types of charts, graphs or diagrams to represent the different types of data. For example, to represent skills you can use a column or bar chart which will allow you to convey your level of expertise in them.
  • Keep it simple, concise and easy to read. Or in other words, avoid visual clutter and complex visualizations that will require time for recruiters to understand
  • Pick a wise color scheme and not to go with a multitude of colors that would be too distracting. Stick to 1-3 colors of which you can use different tones throughout the template and a white background.
  • Have a clear narrative to your visual resume. Like with any other traditional resume, have an order to the way you present information.

An Active LinkedIn Profile

Do you know how I got my current job? Yes, it’s through LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is the largest professional network out there, and it is a great platform for professionals to highlight their skills, achievements, and expertise, and build their personal brand. And more and more recruiters use it to hunt eligible candidates today.

While many recruiters run your name by LinkedIn before calling you for an interview, it is important to maintain a professional presence within the network.

  • Have a completed profile. Don’t leave any field unfilled, especially the basic information. And keep them updated. Some of the details you need to pay extra attention to on your LinkedIn profile are the professional headline, your industry, expertise, skills, and awards.
  • LinkedIn is for professionals, therefore use a professional profile picture. And you can further reinforce your personal brand with a relevant background photo.
  • Your summary should expand on what is indicated with your headline. It should also focus on your expertise and your career experience. Make sure it is easy to read and avoid making space for meaningless jargon.
  • LinkedIn Pulse, LinkedIn’s very own publishing platform, lets you share your posts with the network. This helps increase your reach, gain more visibility and grow your influence.
  • Join LinkedIn communities that are relevant to your field. These communities are made of likeminded professionals – and who knows, your future employer might be a member. Maintain an active presence by initiating discussions or participating in them. You can also share your LinkedIn Pulse posts with the communities to increase engagement.
  • Get recommendations from people you have worked with. If there are special skills you want to be highlighted, let them know when you contact them.

Being active on LinkedIn thus can help you land your next job.

Blog/ Vlog/ Social Media Pages

You’ll be able to show off your skills further on any of the platforms above. Whether it is a personal blog, an online portfolio, a channel on YouTube or a Facebook page, remember to focus on your expertise and create something of value to your audience.

A strong online presence can make you appear as a promising candidate. And a strong online presence can come in the shape of a blog or site that gets huge traffic, or a YouTube channel that has plenty of subscribers, or a community page or an account on any social media platform with followers.

If you are expecting to integrate these platforms into your personal brand building strategy, remember to always create something that can highlight your skills and present yourself as an expert in the industry.

Some of these techniques might take time, but in the long run, they will serve you well, especially when it comes to building your personal brand and positioning yourself as an ideal candidate for the job you apply to. And it’s never too late to start or try.

 

How Conversation Bridges the Gap Between Job Description and Job Seeker

How Conversation Bridges the Gap Between Job Description and Job Seeker

Written by Bailey Newlan, Content & Growth Marketer at Wade & Wendy.

From Ambiguity to Clarity, Through Conversation

Resumes, social profiles and job boards are two-dimensional tools used to present four-dimensional individuals. Each is incapable of communicating your whole story. You are more than a string of keywords and you are more than the templated “Experience” section on LinkedIn.

When people are boxed into these two-dimensional frames, valuable context is lost, leading to a series of frustrating interactions between job seeker and hiring manager. On average, it takes 52 days to fill an open position — a drawn out process wrought with miscommunication and missed opportunities.

How do you communicate the abstract in one bullet or less?

For any given bullet point on a resume, there are a hundred ways to say it. For example:

  • Used Java to build features for a platform
  • Supported a platform with Java
  • Chose Java to build a platform on

Each effectively showcases experience with Java. But, what is a job seeker’s relationship to Java and how does that exhibit what they can really do? Yes, the Java requirement is met, but what kind of person is best-suited for the role? The keyword “Java” falls short of showing how a job applicant and the job itself fit together. This form of static representation is fundamentally limited due to the job seeker’s inability to provide context around their skills, passions, motivations and career goals.

How can you land your dream job when using vague language to apply to an equally vague job description?

Job descriptions are two-dimensional and fall short of providing job seekers clarity around a position. To cast a wide net, job descriptions are often written with vague requirements — carefully crafted with generic keywords, so as not to discourage anyone from applying. Naturally, this results in unclear expectations. Another issue arises when goals and needs shift, yet the job description remains the same. Unfortunately, this kind of moving target is all too common.

This widening chasm between what a job description says and what hiring managers are really looking for in an applicant causes job seekers to create vague resumes and profiles to ensure they will not be overlooked.

By summing oneself up in a string of bullet points, laden with just the right keywords, context is lost and true understanding is clouded. Having to position yourself to meet a set of vague requirements, neutralizes the magic of you.

What can we do about this?

On both sides of the hiring process, there are fundamental flaws. Only by bridging the information gap that presently exists between hiring managers and job seekers, can we:

  1. Facilitate better understanding of a job outside of its description
  2. Better understand a job seeker outside of his or her resume

This is best achieved through conversation. Flowing dialogue and follow-up questions are effective mechanisms for drilling down and extracting the “Why” and the “Who are you really?” Going past the resume and job description allows both job seekers and hiring managers to make better decisions. We must go beyond the two-dimensional modes of expression. We must find clarity. We need better conversations.

About the Author:

Bailey Newlan, Content & Growth Marketer at Wade & Wendy

Bailey Newlan is the Content & Growth Marketer at Wade & Wendy, a New York City-based startup on a mission to make hiring more human. Wade & Wendy’s artificially intelligent chatbot personalities bring clarity and simplicity to the hiring process. Wade is an always-on career guide for job seekers, while Wendy assists hiring managers throughout the recruitment process. To connect, reach out to Bailey via LinkedIn, Twitter or Medium.


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Gotta Get the Resume Right – 6 Resume Miscues to Avoid

Written by Aaron Elder, CEO and Co-Founder at Crelate | Originally published at Crelate Blog.

Gotta Get the Resume Right

Aaron Elder, CEO, Co-Founder at Crelate
Aaron Elder, CEO and Co-Founder at Crelate

Over the years of building and leading development teams, I have had a hand in hiring hundreds of developers, PMs, BAs and consultants. As such, I have certainly seen my fair share of resumes; both good and bad. Over the years I have come across some weird ones that stood out for all the wrong reasons. There is no shortage of resume no-no’s and tips – fixing typos, avoiding vagueness and tailoring your resume, and are all good advice, but in this post I wanted to cover a few more tactical items that I have seen. And in case anyone tells you otherwise – resumes are still important and so are cover letters and thank you notes. Being classy and professional never goes out of style.

Given all of the fluidity in the job market today, keeping your resumes relatively up-to-date is a good thing to do… even if it you have no intention of ever looking for another job. I have found that updating your resume every now and then is a good way to take stock of your career and write down things you have actually accomplished, not just “helped out” on. Besides, as recent reports show the typical U.S. worker spends just under 5 years at any particular job and over a career will have about 10 different jobs, so having a solid resume and demonstrated work experience is as critical as it has ever been. Ok, on with the list of 6 mistakes to watch out for!

GeorgeCostanza#120166 tactical resume mistakes to avoid

  1. Don’t copyright your resume – It’s a resume, not a movie script! Ask yourself, if a potential employer passes your resume around or copies and pastes data from it are you going to sue them? What is your recourse? Are you permitting them to “copy” your info into their candidate management system? About to pass the resume to the people that are going to interview you? Before slapping that warning on your resume, please consider your reasons and if it is going to help you with your goals. Here’s an example (this is from a real resume):THIS RESUME IS COPYRIGHT 2015 BY ______ ______ – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED – COPY AND DISTRIBUTION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT EXPRESSED WRITTEN PERMISSION.
  2. Don’t password protect it – Come on! Do you want people to know who you are or don’t you? If it requires multiple steps just to open your resume and the employer’s ATS can’t parse it (See point #6) – you are not doing yourself any favors.
  3. No viruses or macros – This one almost feels too obvious to write, but I have seen this on more than one occasion. Having your resume be the reason a potential employers machine got infected with something is not a recommended good first impression. 🙂  Before sending out your resume, consider using Word’s Document Inspector Feature.
  4. Don’t put silly confidentiality or liability warnings in it – This builds on the points #1 and #2, but if your employment history is so hush-hush, you probably shouldn’t be sending your resume around in the first place. Besides, if you are updating your LinkedIn profile, everyone knows you are looking already! If you do need to be covert about looking, sanitize your resume like a professional by saying something simple like “Confidential Candidate”, and “Worked for major Fortune 100 financial firm”. Or better yet, work through an intermediary like a recruiter! If any employer sees anything like the following, the best course of action is to promptly delete the document. Here are some of real examples I have seen:
    • “WARNING, THIS DOCUMENT IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL ANY UNAUTHORIZED CIRCULATION WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW”
    • “THIS DOCUMENT IS CONFIDENTIAL AND MAY NOT BE DISTRIBUTED WITHOUT MY EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT” What is a recruiter or hiring manager supposed to do with this?
  5. Please don’t use a thesaurus – Just say “Employment History”, writing “Synopsis of Professional Experiences” isn’t fooling anybody. Also, I would recommend against attempting to be too cute. Inspirational quotes from Sun Tzu about leadership are wonderful, but I would much rather read about how you have put those quotes to use and demonstrated leadership and success.
  6. Finally, make sure your resume is parsible – Yes recruiters and employers use software to review and accept resumes. Yes you want to standout, but it should be for your accomplishments and not an over designed resume. More importantly, you have to get your resume paste the automated gatekeeper which means you need to keep your resume format relatively clean (Hint: if you are using crazy tables, crazy multi-column layouts, embedded 3D pie charts, or background images you are probably on the wrong track). This is true even if applying for a Graphic Design or Creative role – save the good stuff for your portfolio site and use your skills to design something clean and respectful of the media in question (a professional resume).

Often the resume is your first opportunity to make a good impression on a future employer so it’s critical that you put your best foot forward. Stand out based on your accomplishments, not because of bad resume mistakes and gimmicks.


Source: Gotta Get the Resume Right – 6 Resume Miscues to Avoid – Crelate