Distribute Your Resume, Part 2
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Post Your Resume on Online Niche Job Boards and Start
Applying for the Jobs
A quick search online show that the top niche job boards are College Recruiter, Cool Works, Craigslist, Dice, E Financial Careers, and Flex Jobs, just to name a few. The most important thing to remember when posting on sites like these is to do your research and understand the niche that each site claims to serve. Also, because your resume may include personal or semi personal information, check the rating on these sites before giving any information. If there is a plethora of negative reviews on a particular site, you may be better off without it. However, if there are no negative reviews and no complaints, with appropriate due diligence, you will likely be safe to use it. Another helpful idea when using these sites is to make sure that they have an audience. A niche board is good for making sure that your resume is being seen by the right people but you should also make sure that the right people (i.e. quality recruiters and employers) use the site also.
LinkedIn® Can Be a Big Help
LinkedIn is an excellent resource to connect with potential employer, make connections that may lead to your potential employer, distribute your resume, or even practice resume writing. It is the equivalent of a social media profile. The difference is that LinkedIn is the social media site for professionals. The LinkedIn service works very much like the popular social media site, Facebook, in that the website recommends connections (the equivalent of Facebook friends) to you based on the connections that you already have. These are called your “second degree connections.” You will be amazed to find out that a person that you have interest in meeting may be a second degree connection based on someone very close to you. Meeting the professional that you think is the next step toward your dream career might be as close as asking your friend to introduce you via email or a conference call. Creating a LinkedIn profile is much like writing a resume in that there are sections for you to add variety of personal details about yourself. This functions very much like your resume. The sections include experience, education, interests and a header. The header is located directly below you profile picture and functions like your bait. What do we mean by bait? If a recruiter is browsing the several million profiles on LinkedIn, the header is your chance to shine and catch their attention. The same way that you may want to read a book simply because the title is interesting, your header is your chance to catch the recruiter’s eye and get them to take time to further explore your profile. The experience and education sections are essentially the same as on the paper resume. These sections allow you to enter information about your past or current employer and education, start and end times, major, minor and skills. The interests sections can be filled with organizations, companies and schools that interest you. For example, you can save The Financial Times as a company and Harvard University as a school in your interest group. Adding this information lets a potential employer or business partner to get a better sense of who you are whether or not there is some alignment between your skills and their needs.
Now that we know a little background about LinkedIn, why is it such a great resource to use? Roughly 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to browse quality talent and potential candidates and the average recruiter has 616 connections. There are approximately 10 million active job postings on LinkedIn. There is a saying that success isn’t just what you know, it’s who you know. LinkedIn is a way to add connections to your network without having to be everywhere, all of the time. While you are actively engaged in distributing your resume in person, at job fairs and in niche groups, your LinkedIn page will give you access to the other 10’s of millions of recruiters that are not within you current network or attending the same events as you. Job postings can be found on LinkedIn by searching according to keywords, companies, titles, city, state, zip code and country. If you are not prepared to complete an application immediately, postings that you are interested in can be saved within your profile. If you are interested in learning new skills that can boost your resume, LinkedIn has a service of online modules that focus on a wide variety of skills like excel, time management, six sigma, social media marketing, public speaking and tips for writing a resume, to name a few.
Whether you are looking for a job, internship, volunteer opportunity or any of the like; seriously consider LinkedIn as an integral part of your strategy to deliver your resume to the relevant party. Of course nothing is for everyone but using more distribution channels will help you get closer to meeting your goal faster.
Make a List of Potential Employers and Apply Directly Through Their Website
If you do not have the time to manually deliver your resume or if there are not any job fairs near you, applying directly on the employer’s website is always a good idea. Many employers prefer to take applications and resumes online and the traditional paper resume is slowly being phased out. As in any other means of distributing you resume; be prepared and do your homework. If you have practiced writing a resume and are still in need of help, some services exist that are, essentially, resume writer. Of course, do your due diligence and if you choose to use such a service, proofread. Some servers for application websites require you to create login information, so be prepared to create and document it, if necessary. If you have any questions, a human resources recruiting representative at the company that you are interested in may be able to help you through the process. Regardless to your goals and needs, your options are numerous when choosing the means to get your resume out to your desired party.