Getting into the organizations

When recruiters make a decision to hire employees, information is often sent out announcing the job in some format. Seeing that announcement and feeling that there’s a potential match between what you can offer and what the organizations wants, you need to throw your hat into the hiring ring.

One of the more stressful situations you will face happens when you apply for a job. High stress can occur because no specific guidelines will guarantee your success. However, several tips may increase your chances of finding employment. Even though getting g a job interview should be one of your major goals in the hiring process, being offered an interview opportunity requires hard work. You should view getting job as your job of the moment.

Where can I find jobs advertised on the internet?

Newspaper advertisements and employment agencies may be on their way to extinction as primary sources for conveying information about job opening and finding job candidates. The reason is Internet recruiting. Most companies currently use the Internet to recruit new employees. Large organizations or those planning to do a lot of internet recruiting often develop dedicated sites specifically designed for recruitments. They have the typical information you might find in an employment advertisement: qualifications sought, experience required, benefits provided. But they also allow the organization to show case its products, services, corporate philosophy and mission statement. This information increases the quality of applicants, because those whose values don’t mesh with the organization tend to self select themselves out. The best designed Web sites include an online response forms, so applicants don’t need to send a separate resume by mail, email or fax, also facilitating the growth of Internet recruitment are commercial job posting services that provide essentially electronic classified ads.

How do I prepare my resume?

All job applicants need to circulate information that reflects positively on their strengths. That information needs to be sent to prospective employers in a format that is understandable and consistent with the organization’s hiring practices. In most, instances, providing information is done through the resume.

No matter who you are or where you are in your career, you should have a current resume. Your resume is typically the primary information source that a recruiter will use in determining whether to grant you an interview. Therefore, your resume must be a sales tool; it must give key data that support candidacy, highlight your strengths, and differentiate you from other job applicants. Anything positive that distinguishes you from other applicants should be included. For example, activities such as volunteer or commonly service show that you are well rounded committed to your community and wiling to help others.

It’s important to pinpoint a few key themes regarding resumes that may seem like common sense but are frequency ignored. First, if you are making a paper copy of you resume, it must be printed on a quality printer. The style of font should be easy to read (e.g. Courier or Times New roman type fonts). Avoid any style that may be hard on the eyes, such as a script or italics font. A recruiter who must review 100 or more resumes a day is not going to look favorably at difficult to read resumes, so using an easy to read font will make the recruiter’s job easier.

It is also important to note that many companies today are relying on computer software for making the first pass through. Each resumes is scanned for specific information such as key job elements experience, work history, education or technical expertise. This process has created two important aspects for resume writing that you need to be aware of: The computer matches key words in a job description. Thus, in creating a resume, standard job description phraseology should be used. Second (and this goes back to the issue of font type), the font used should be easily read by the scanner and if it isn’t your resume may be put in the rejection file. Your resume should be copied on good quality white or off white paper (no off the wall color). For certain types of jobs such as a creative artist position this suggestion may be inappropriate, but they are the exceptions. You can’t go wrong using a 20 weight bond paper that has some cotton content (about 20%). By all means, don’t send standard duplicating paper – it may look as if you are mass mailing resumes (even if you are not).

Finally, regardless of whether your resume is electronic or on paper make sure it is carefully proofread.