The No 1 mistake you are making for work-from-home

According to recruiters

Job prospects may seem bleak, but there are still a lot of good reasons to continue job searching right now, even before our new normal has shifted back to a simpler normal. In order to job search effectively, you may need to make a few adjustments to your approach.

  1. You’re coming off as desperate – Focus conversation on the job opportunity and leaving personal details out, same as you would ordinarily
  2. You’re going for quantity over quality – The only problem is that most businesses today continue to use applicant tracking systems to weed out candidates on autopilot. The result is that the human eye will never see your application if you send out a generic resume. Create an extensive master resume and include all the skills, certifications, work experiences you have. Then, just trim the fat and tailor it for every job. Go through the job posting and see what the company wants (i.e. look for keywords). Go back to your master resume and keep the things (e.g., skills, certifications) the job is looking for.
  3. You’re applying for multiple positions within the same company – Start with applying to one position. If you believe you aren’t being considered for that role — either because you’ve been eliminated following a round of interviews, or your application never received a response — then it’s safe to start expressing your interest in one of the other openings.
  4. You’re forgetting to make recruiters part of your job search network – In other words, you are ignoring recruiters. A good recruiter can help you get the job and negotiate the best salary.  Craft your social media presence in a way that attracts recruiters. LinkedIn is an obvious place to start, but you can also build profiles and stay active on more niche platforms where recruiters are looking for talent.
  5. You’re plain-out ignoring recruiters – Whatever the reason, don’t forget to respond to recruiters who’ve made a point of reaching out to you. Even if you’re somehow certain the recruiter won’t have anything of interest for you, respond and thank them for getting in touch. It’s the polite thing to do.
  6. You’re only looking for jobs in the usual places – Many companies do not advertise in a standard way but look for employees through word-of-mouth, recommendations, social media platforms or job boards specific to the industry. Others might be on a temporary standby but still building their candidate database.
  7. You’re thinking too long-term – Think about how you can channel those skills in different ways that you didn’t consider before, but that are still relevant to job openings at this time. Also, seek jobs where you can aid and add value to others. This is a great intention to set when looking for work-from-home.
  8. You’re expecting an immediate response to your application – Build in the expectation that timelines at most organizations are going to be extended, and when submitting an application, go ahead and add follow-up reminders to your calendar with that extended timeline in mind. Reaching back out after a week and a half is most likely safe.
  9. You’re plugging away at the job search without giving yourself space to process and rest. – Focus on setting small, achievable goals each day, lean on your community for support, act quickly, and be flexible with where your search takes you. Something like putting together a resume, updating a LinkedIn profile or even reaching out to your community can feel difficult to do.

5 outdated resume rules you need to stop for work-from-home

With record-rates of unemployment, more professionals than ever are gearing up for the great job search.

This critical document is required in all industries and serves as in introduction to your background, brand, and potential. Even though this is widely used throughout every stage of your career, many professionals miss the mark by following outdated resume tips. Here, is an insight on what is no longer relevant—and what to do instead.

Don’t include your full mailing address

When you were fresh out of college, your university counsellor likely recommended including your home address on your resume. Ever since it’s stayed at the top… but why is it necessary?

If you are searching for a job close to home, include your city, state and zip code to illustrate your locality. But, if you want to relocate or you’re applying for a remote position, remove it altogether.

Don’t use a resume objective statement

Decades ago, this would often dictate your purpose for applying to a specific company or explain your ultimate goal within your professional trajectory. These vague sentences don’t really help an employer determine whether you are qualified for the position or worth pursuing. So, skip it!

In its place, consider mapping out a professional summary.

Rather than illustrating your ‘wants’ and ‘needs,’ this paragraph creates a career narrative. Rather than putting it in your resume, it can be used in your cover letter or as your ‘about’ section on your LinkedIn profile. ‘In three to five sentences, summarize your qualifications for the role you’re targeting and provide examples of how you’ve used the skills and experience you’ve gained to produce results and provide value to your previous employers.

Don’t Offer references

Does ‘references available upon request’ sound familiar? After all, it’s sort of jumping the gun. ‘Employers won’t ask for your references until you’ve made it past the initial interview rounds, and they know you’ll provide this information if they request it.

Probably you likely to have read it and you’ve written it at some point in your job search. Four words may not make a huge difference but if they are in a completely separate paragraph? That’s valuable space on your resume that could be used for something more impactful.

‘Instead of wasting resume real estate with these details, prepare a list of at least three references on a separate sheet of paper that can be provided to a prospective employer at a moment’s notice.’

Don’t restrict yourself to only one page

Contrary to what you may have heard, it is unnecessary to condense your work experience down to a one-page document. Most professionals—whether they have eight or 18 years of experience—should aim for a two-page resume. The feedback of recruiters, hiring managers, and human resources professionals, suggested they are 2.3 times more likely to prefer a two-pager over a one-pager.

Don’t include a personal story

The hope of a resume is to be awarded an in-person interview. With this in mind, this document should catalyze further communication. Much like dating, the reader should be left intrigued and wanting more, without knowing your full story.

‘Psychologically, you are unintentionally diluting and diminishing the key points of your resume when you also include details about your personal life and interests,’. ‘Instead, focus on writing a resume that represents you in all your dimensions of your professional life, which is what the purpose of the resume is supposed to be for.’

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