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6 Basic Job-Hunting Tips You Won't Believe People Forget

  • Article by:Health Career Center

You’ve probably heard this expression before: “Common sense isn’t very common.”

It’s as true in the job hunt as it is in everyday life. Jobseekers often get so wrapped up in the finer nuances of their job search (“Should my resume paper be off-white, or eggshell?”) that they lose track of the most basic, big-picture things.

You don’t want to be one of those people. So, as a reminder, here are 6 common-sense job hunt rules that no one should ever forget.

1. Design your resume to beat the system.

Even before a real live human being sees your resume, odds are it’ll first go through a tracking system designed to weed out applicants who don’t fit the job requirements.

To give yourself the best chance of making it past the bots, be sure to update your resume with exact terms and key words from the job description. These are often easy to find — simply scroll down to the “requirements” section and try to use as many words from the list as you can.

2. Don’t stop after you submit an online application.

So you’ve entered your info into all the required fields and uploaded your resume. Congratulations! You’re now one of hundreds of faceless applicants the company has on file. Not exactly the best way to land a job.

Separate yourself from the field by connecting person-to-person with the ones who make hiring decisions. Start by scheduling a quick call with an internal recruiter, or one of your would-be peers at your chosen organization. By simply talking to someone, you’ll go from just another name on a resume to a real person worth extra consideration.

3. Tailor your resume (and online profile) to each job.

Most people agonize over every word of their resume. The downside to that is, they’re often hesitant to change anything once they feel like it’s perfect. But remember: even the best resume isn’t one-size-fits-all.

When you find a job you want, don’t be afraid to modify words and phrases (and even entire paragraphs) to ensure it’s an exact fit. Done correctly, a resume should never be a finished product, but a living document that changes with every application you send.

4. Don’t confuse “professional” with “boring.”

Job applications are often so worried about looking polished that they forget their number one objective is to stand out. No one has ever bored their way into their dream job.

As a rule, don’t default to the “right” answers to every question (“My biggest weakness is that I’m a perfectionist”). Instead, push yourself to find unique answers that apply to no one else. For hiring managers who see the same resumes day in and day out, you’ll be a breath of fresh air.

5. Have profiles on and LinkedIn

In health care fields, a profile on is extremely important. It’s often the first place that leading organizations post to when they need people to fill choice positions.

And don’t forget the power of social networking sites. Most recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary method of finding job candidates. If you don’t have a profile on the site, you may as well not exist.

6. Say thank you (and say it soon).

How sad would it be to make it past the application stage, ace several rounds of tough interviews, and put yourself in a perfect position to land your dream job… only to lose it after all the hard parts are done?

It happens more often than you think — and it’s all because people forget the easiest rule of all: Say thank you. By simply emailing a heartfelt note of gratitude to each of your interviewers a few hours after you leave, you show that you truly appreciate their consideration. Not sending a thank-you? That gives the exact opposite impression.

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