When job hunting, use the yellow pages. Look up companies in your field, call them and ask if you can fax over your resume and to whose attention. In about 3-4 business days, follow up with a telephone call to the person it was sent to. If you are looking for a job in another area than where you live, look up companies in your field on yahoo yellow pages. Only 10% of the jobs ever get posted in an advertisement as that costs money.
The trick is to contact someone at the right time. If the employer you contact says they have no jobs, ask them if they know someone in the field who might be hiring. Most jobs are filled by someone who knows a person who works there. Be sure to tell all of your friends and relatives that you are looking for a job and about your qualifications. That way when their boss mentions they have an opening coming up, they can mention your name and experience to the employer.
Make sure your resume is grammatically correct and things are spelled correctly. An employer sees a misspelled resume as a sign the person is careless and will not do a good job. If an employer gets a resume that does not say what kind of job you are looking for, it goes into the garbage can.
Do not put in your objective that you are looking for a job that offers personal growth. That does nothing for the employer. Put down you are looking for a job as a sales trainee where you can use your strong interpersonal skills. Then the resume gets sent over to the sales manager instead of into the garbage can.
Employers tell me, "If he doesn't know what kind of job he wants, I'm not going to figure it out for him." If possible. find out something about the company before you apply. If they are a manufacturer, what do they manufacture?
By Karen from Tampa, FL
Excellent points! Resume's serve the purpose of getting an interview. As a retired staffing recruiter & "Head hunter" I can attest to that. Keeping the elements of the resume' simple & to the point catches the eye of a perspective employer. The adage that a hiring manager only spends 15 seconds looking at a resume' is true when they see a page load of wasted words. Grammar and spell check are so very important in creating an impression even before you're interviewed.
Karen, I'm so glad you took the time to write this piece in these critical economic times. A truly wise person learns from the experiences of others. A wise reader will benefit from your efforts.
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