The new year brings renewed motivation to pursue better opportunities both in personal and professional space. For job seekers, it brings new energy to put more efforts in getting their dream jobs.
So, whether you are the first-time job seeker or on your way to change your career path, below are a few tips to help you maximize your time and efforts in job hunting:
Create a concise and tailor-fit resume
It is important to tailor your resume to match each job. It is not possible for one version of a resume to meet the requirements of every job. Spend time on reading job profiles that you apply for and edit your resume accordingly. Ensure that your details in the resume are relevant to the position. Keep it concise and clean. No one wants to go through lengthy resumes with unnecessary information.
Prepare different versions of your resume
The resume needs to tailor-fit. You may have a certain level of basic skills and experiences, but you need to highlight the skills and talents specific to the positions you are applying for. It is better to prepare different versions of your ready-to-send resume based on the industry and the roles you are looking for, instead of tweaking your resume with each application. It saves a lot of time editing and sending resumes as early as possible.
Know how applicant tracking system works
Do not send resume randomly. Most of the companies use ATS (applicant tracking system) to process resume. ATS shortlists candidates based on keywords mentioned in the job requirements. To clear through ATS, it is important that you structure your resume in a way that it includes all the keywords and requirements for the position.
Whether you like it or not, networking is crucial to get good jobs, especially in markets like Switzerland. While there are lots of jobs available online, it is better to network with people and stay in touch to seek new job openings, interview opportunities. It helps in finding opportunities that are not available online. It also makes it easier to get shortlisted as most companies prefer candidates through references.
Be on LinkedIn
Even if you have not been very active on social media, having a presence on professional networking sites like LinkedIn is crucial. LinkedIn has become the first point of reference that the recruiters consider to get candidate details. You don’t need to have an overly jazzy profile. A clean and uncluttered profile with necessary information would suffice.
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