(Closed) Job Hunting and Resumes

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Here’s my opinion about your questions….

  1. Fill out the online application.  Often, there is a spot at the end to upload your resume.  In my (limited) experience, companies generally have a standardize way of collecting applicants information, and they prefer to receive information in the way they request it.  I believe some companies do use computer screening… however, keep in mind that if they only want online applications and you mail one, they might just throw it away without looking at it because you didn’t follow the standardized protocol.  You could always call the company and ask how they would prefer to receive your resume.
  2. Cover letters should be specific to the job.  There may be some information that is the same no matter what, but generally you will need to write a cover letter for each position you are applying for. 
  3. You may need to have multiple versions of your resume if you are applying to multiple types of jobs.  For example, if someone is looking for experience in a certain area, and you have that experience, you should highlight that.  A different company may want someone with a specific degree, and you’ll want to focus on that instead.  It is NOT recommended to use different fonts, colors, paper color, scented paper, etc. when applying for resumes.
  4. You need to fill in all the information AND include the resume if that’s what they are asking for.  It’s your responsibility to do the grunt work – you don’t want to make the person who’s reviewing the information job difficult – they aren’t going to want to hire you then.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@EvaBostonTerrier:I agree.

 

Also, use your networks. Do informational interviews and at the end, ask them who they think you should talk to about similar jobs to theirs.

Networking account for the majority of hires. (Unfortunately for me.)

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Thirdly, how do I make myself more eligible for the job. Should I keep the resume extremely vanilla or attempt to add a slightly more appealing font or something else to draw the eyes in?

Speaking as someone who has screened resumes, don’t do anything weird to your resume/cover letter. What I personally liked to see was a resume and cover letter that were nicely laid out and easy to read as well as ones that very clearly outlined how that person fit the job they were applying for. 

They way I went about this when applying for jobs is I would pick out 3-5 of the most important qualifications (because that is really a wish list, no one is going to fit that list) and make sure that those were clearly and concisely included in my resume and cover letter.

To echo what ellabee said, network like crazy. Talk to everyone and then talk to more people. The field I was applying for was SUPER SUPER competitive and I had never experienced such difficulty in getting a job before, the only interviews I got were ones where I had a connection through someone I knew. 

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