Wednesday, May 25, 2016
No matter what's on your resume, employers want more
Mary Lorzenz, CareerBuilder, says this is a common feeling. You do and redo your resume, then you also have to fill in huge on-line questionnaires, then more often than not...crickets.
But managers and HR people also have their frustrations, she says. More than half (53%) say they don't get enough from a resume to make a decision. This is one reason, they go to social media.
--39% of employers would also like to see your work, your portfolio.
--29% want a cover letter.
And--this was interesting--more than half also reach out directly to people when they have an opening--one more reason to build your brand and social media presence.
It also helps not to alienate employers.
--Don't apply if you are not qualified--39% of employers surveyed said this is a pet peeve.
--Don't have unrealistic expectations about pay.
--Don't check on your application too often.
--Don't submit a poorly done resume.
--Do your skills match what they want? Make this clear.
--Have you communicated your work history.
--Have you outlined your current skills, your soft skills?
--Do you know the culture and would you fit in?
--Are you asking for realistic money?
--Would you stay long term?
--Would this be a new career for you?
This is a tough job--this getting a job--isn't it?