Succeeding on Job Boards

You can build profiles on various job boards such as CareerBuilder, Monster, Zip Indeed and LinkedIn. Recruiters use a wide variety of online job boards to find candidates, make sure you are on all of them.

Update your profiles and resume regularly with new information about your job experience, training, and relevant keywords for the jobs you are pursuing.  If you need a couple of pointers check out our success in resume building section. Job boards deliver results to recruiters based upon resume match and resume age (activity) so make changes and updates to your resume regularly.

Proactively apply for jobs instead of waiting for recruiters to search for your resume on a job board. Feel free to apply to multiple jobs with an employer as long as you are a fit for each of them, don't assume they will naturally think of you for a similar position they might be trying to fill.  Keep your name out there for the recruiter to remember you.

Creating a successful resume

There is no single resume format that is required or will guarantee success. However a resume written to address a specific job posting will always have a better chance of being considered.Tune and customize your resume for each position you apply for. Read the job description and make sure you include relevant sentences and keywords the posting would require for a candidate fit.  Recruiters look for specific keywords and phrases but typically don't make assumptions about a candidate if the candidate fails to leave off particular things even though you might think they should know you probably have a certain precurory skillset based on your other experience.  You don't have to have a one page resume, but unless you have many years experience and held many positions,  your resume should not normally exceed two or three pages.

Succeeding in Interviews

Study the Company and particular group you are interviewing with by viewing their website, checking them out on linkedin, and other sources on the web. Make sure you talk to anyone you know who works there to give you tips on working for them.  Show up early not only to be early but to learn all you can about the company while waiting for your interview. Imagine what you would potentially be doing in the position that you are interviewing for based on what you know about the company.  Bring two copies of your resume one for the recruiter and one for yourself in case they refer to anything on your resume.

Successful reference selection

References should be left off resumes unless the particular post or recruiter asks for them to be sent in with a resume. Most of the time recruiters expect a work reference not a personal reference. Make sure you give them current references of managers or coworkers if you can since they will be most interested in current ones.  It is best to get consent from your references and let them know to expect a call so they can also be prepared to talk about you.