Research consistently identifies networking as an important job search tool — anywhere from 40-80% of job placements are attributed to networking. Networking can also be a way to identify unadvertised job opportunities — accessing the “hidden job market.” The “hidden” job market refers to positions that are filled through employee referrals, recruiters, or direct contact with hiring managers through their network of industry or professional contacts.
The salary or wage you want to command affects several aspects of your job search. A few elements of job search that will be influenced by your target salary include:
1. Your resume design,
2. Where you look for work,
3. The time it could take you to find a job, and
4. Complexity of the employer’s selection process.
The education section on your resume may be one of the shortest if you are a mid-career professional, yet it could carry the most punch per line. That is because the majority of jobs in the US economy require education beyond high school, and employers look for college grads in their searches. According to a Georgetown University study, 65% of jobs in the United States require post-secondary education.
This week, another career coach sent me an article on the 10 words hiring managers find most irritating on resumes. The story resonated with me because nearly every resume job seekers send me has a few of these words—and sometimes all of these words–on it.
One of the most frequent questions I receive from job seekers is “how should I save my resume to make certain ATS systems will read it?” The three options are to save your resume as an MS-Word file, PDF file, or text file. Each option has advantages and disadvantages.