January 27, 2014 by Jessica Lala
As the job market is saturated with more qualified candidates than ever before, it is important that you make yourself stand out from the rest.  Whether you are working with staffing firm or with a company directly, yours isn’t the only profile that a potential employer is considering.  You may have honed your interviewing skills and are ready to dazzle them with your knowledge, but first you have to be invited in.  Here are a few tips that can help you get that initial call:
Resume preparation:  The days of the 11 second resume may be over, but that doesn’t mean your resume should be 11 pages.  It is important to make sure your resume has all of your experience and skills, but in a clear and concise manner.  Make sure your bullet points reflect what you’ve done on a project, especially as it pertains to the position you want, but without repeating them throughout your entire resume.  Make sure your dates are consistent with the time you worked at each client and, if there is overlap, explain the reasons why.  It is important that your education, both schooling and certifications, are accurate and provide as much information as possible.  If an offer is made, this information will be verified, so it is up to you to make sure it is accurate.
Social Media:  Now more than ever, potential employers and recruiters are checking LinkedIn to see who you are.  It is imperative that your profile matches your resume.  Jobs, education and any personal interests you note on your resume should match your profile.  And though you think you look great in that picture from the Bahamas, a professional looking head shot sends a better message.  LinkedIn is social networking for professionals, save the other stuff for Facebook!  Also, it never hurts to reach out to former colleagues and ask them to recommend you in areas that pertain to the position you are interested in.

Ultimately, it is up to the person reading your resume to determine if they want to speak to you about the position, but if you do everything in your power to make sure that your resume and social presence are as ready as they can be, then you can rest assure that someone will be calling with the next step in your career path.

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