If you have been actively looking for a job with little success, it might be time to consider a different approach. We understand the time and effort that goes into finding your next dream job, so today we want to offer some tips to help level up your job search. When reviewing a job posting, you might not check every box that the posting has included, but don’t let this stop you from applying. If you have most of the qualifications and skills needed, submit your resume. According to Harvard Business Review, women hesitate if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements, while men usually apply after meeting approximately 60%. 

Don’t apply for every single job posting you come across

It is better to focus on quality rather than on quantity. Take your time reviewing job postings and focus on the ones that appeal to you most.   

Ensure you highlight your skills effectively for every job application. If you are invited for an interview, you can speak in more detail about the value you will add to the position, and further market yourself as an ideal candidate. 

Update LinkedIn 

Ensure your profile picture is current, use an eye-catching banner photo, and always update your profile information so it is relevant. Another great way to personalize your profile is to ask your connections for endorsements of skills, and request personalized recommendations.

Remember, when searching for a job, hiring managers are likely to seek you out on LinkedIn, so ensure that your profile reflects you in a positive light, and that it showcases your value as a potential employee.

Optimize for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) 

Applicant Tracking Systems play a significant role in the success of your job search. There are many factors to consider when dealing with an ATS such as relevant keywords, formatting, and properly structuring content. It is essential that your resume be rich in keywords and crafted in a way that appeals to humans and for the ATS.  

“Three-fourths of all resumes never even get seen by human eyes, according to a study from job search services firm Preptel.”

 CNBC 

Work with a professional resume writer 

When working with a professional resume writer, you enlist their expertise to help navigate what is needed from a resume, what hiring managers are looking for, and the critical steps involved to be successful in your job search.  

Resumes with Results are experts in crafting skills-based resumes. These resumes are ideal to give candidates the opportunity to highlight skills while also showcasing value to a company. 

If you would like to speak with our team about your job search, or your resume, we would love the opportunity to help guide you. Contact us today, and let’s get started!