Want to learn how you can go from unemployed to 9-to-5 in no time? Use these tips to help you succeed in a competitive market and get the job you want, fast.
1. Switch your “open to new opportunities” section on LinkedIn to open. This tells staffing agencies (like Sloane Staffing, recruiters in South Florida) that you are looking for a new role to take on. Be sure to fill out as much as possible about the job you’re looking for. For example, if you’ve recently re-located to Delray Beach, FL and are interested in a Director of Digital Marketing position, fill that out in the profile. If you’re currently working, your employer can’t see that information (it’s hidden only to recruitment agencies who pay for the LinkedIn Recruiter service) and it makes it very easy for headhunters to send you positions that fit exactly what you’re looking for.
2. Update your voicemail message. Change the generic message that your iPhone comes with so potential new employers and recruiters know they have the phone right number when they call you. Make the message personalized, such as “Hi this is John Smith, Digital Marketing Manager, you’ve reached my voicemail. Please leave a message or text me and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Thanks.”
3. Always respond to recruiters that are reaching out to you. LinkedIn InMails are very expensive and if you don’t accept them, recruiters won’t be able to keep an open conversation going with you. Here is an example of a candidate responding to a recruiter even though the initial opportunity wasn’t for them and it working out in their favor: “I interviewed someone two months ago for a Senior Pay Per Click Manager position in Boca Raton and the candidate told me that they wanted to work more north in West Palm Beach. A Digital Marketing Manager role popped up at an eCommerce company in the area, I reached out and turns out they had been wanting to apply to this company for a very long time. Since I already knew their salary requirements and what they wanted out of their next role, it was a very easy transition and they were hired within a week.” -Max Spanier, President, Sloane Staffing.
4. Save your resume as “Last Name – First Name – Resume.” Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at 100’s of resumes on a weekly basis and if you label your CV as “My Resume,” it’s going to be very hard to find your information quickly amongst a sea of resumes.
5. If you’re working with a recruiter and they present you with an opportunity, DO NOT apply directly to the company job posting on their job boards or website. If this happens, the recruiter unfortunately can’t help you anymore. The main value a recruiter brings to the process is a direct communication line to the hiring manager. You’ll be able to skip steps in the interview process by having this relationship and if you apply directly, you will be among hundreds of other people that apply to the job posting. If possible, go through recruiters in South Florida to save time!
6. One thing you can do to ensure your resume will stand out among the rest is to format your resume appropriately. When a hiring manager quickly scans over your CV, make the important details easy for them to find. Leveraging a CV template is always a good idea (you can easily find one for your specific industry on Google.) Also, it is extremely important to have your resume proofread in advanced of submission. Any documents with grammar or spelling mistakes will just simply not be taken seriously. It can be extremely beneficial to have someone else review your resume with a fresh set of eyes.
7. Set up a professional email address specifically for finding a new role. For instance, if you just graduated from college, be sure to create an email address that’s not associated with your school, and put that one on your resume. Also, make sure your email address does not include any inappropriate words – a good rule of thumb is to just use your name or initials when creating a professional email address. Your resume is also not the place to showcase your personal hobbies or political preferences.
8. It’s OK to do some research on the company you are applying with and tailor your resume to that job. Try to include relevant experience and skills, and if possible put this at the very top of your CV. Be sure to include any relevant metrics. It’s important to add numbers to your resume, no matter what the position. Employers like to see what you accomplished for past companies and metrics jump out on a page better than anything else. For example, “I closed 29 deals in a 6 month period bringing in over $670k in revenue for the company.”