Make sure that your resume is up to date with your latest
job experience and educational accomplishes.
Have a friend or relative evaluate your resume to see if it
is clear, consistent, and fairly represent your skills and
Is your resume in a high impact format?
Be sure to do a spell check on your resume. Misspelled
works can reflect negatively on you and diminish your
Many companies have a form on their web sites for
submitting electronic resumes. Have a version of your resume
that you can cut and paste into submittal forms. Create one
that does not have columns and indents as these do not work
well when pasted into a form.
Let your family, friends, alumni groups, and industry
contacts know you are looking for a job. Send them your
resume. Many jobs are unadvertised and these people may know
of potential openings. Also many employers would rather hire
someone suggested to them by a person they trust.
Summit your resume electronically to companies rather than
via paper if possible. Check out their web sites to see if
they have a resume submittal form. Submit it through the
form, if not send them an electronic version in Word or as a
text file. Many large companies put electronic resumes into
a database which then can be searched by managers looking to
hire additional people. Using the database managers can do
keyword searches to quickly find candidates. Most managers
do not want to take the time to wade through hundreds of
paper resuming looking for candidates. Most paper resumes
never even get looked at in some of these large companies. A
local large airplane manufacturer and a local large software
company readily heavy on their resume database for new
Post your resume to resume databases. Generally the posting
is free. This is a lot more cost effective then spending
hundreds of dollars in printing and postage costs blindly
sending out resumes to companies. Recruiters search these
databases looking for candidates to fill positions ..
A potentially even more effective approach is to use a
resume distribution service. For a small price you can blast
your resume out to 1000's of recruiters. This can be more
effective than waiting for a recruiter to stumble across
your resume in a database. It also only costs a fraction of
the amount it would for printing and postage to do a mass
mailing of your resume. Most of these services give you some
control over what industries and geographic regions your
resume is sent to.
Many jobs are unadvertised as employers do not want to be
bombarded by thousands of resumes. Therefore it is important
for you to get your resume in the hands of your contacts.
Also get your resume into the databases that potential
employers can search.
Look in the job databases for potential openings. You can
search through thousands of potential jobs using field and
location selection criteria .. Many local employers post job
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