Via TheMuse.com: If you’re a job seeker, you probably dream about recruiters reaching out to you with opportunities that are just perfect. Instead of submitting your resume over and over to the black hole of online applications, wouldn’t it be so much nicer if companies were just begging you to join them?
Okay, I can’t promise the begging. But, the reality is, most hiring managers do go online and search for talent prospects proactively, rather than combing through the applications that come in. So, if you are an active job seeker openly telling the world you are looking for your next thing, there are definitely better ways to get noticed and stand out from the pool of candidates applying online.
In my 20-year career helping job seekers and employers find each other, I’ve seen one strategy work particularly well. First of all, pick one or a few companies—preferably competitors of each other—to focus on. You’ll also want to be very clear on the type of role you’re after. Once you have a good idea of your dream positions, follow this bold three-step plan to get noticed by them, and hopefully hired.
Step 1: Build a Search-Optimized Visual Resume
Step 2: Research Your Target Industry or Company—and Publish It
Step 3: Get Bold on Social Media
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