Ever been surprised when a friend announces a new job and you didn’t even know they were looking? You can use networking when you’re quietly searching for a new position. However, be aware that the more people who know you’re looking for a new job, the more likely your current employer is to find out about it.
Resumes and LinkedIn
Many resumes I receive describe the tasks the job seekers performed at each of their jobs. A more powerful way to discuss your work is to focus on what you accomplished at each job.
Accomplishment-based resumes have been widely accepted for more than 20 years, so many job seekers are using this approach. The resume or LinkedIn profile may still not be persuasive enough for today’s job market. Results have to be emphasized.
Some hiring teams do rely on cover letters, often called job search letters, to help them differentiate job candidates, although estimates on the percentage of managers that read letters vary. A recruiter that did a survey and posted the results online stated that 69% of her respondents read letters. Other estimates are lower.
The job market is incredibly competitive right now, yet I still see resumes that start something like this:
“Hardworking, best-of-breed go-getter that thinks outside-the-box and hits the ground running. Go to person and results-driven team player that brings thought-leadership and synergy to strategically improve the bottom line…”
Your profile photo on LinkedIn is very important. According to LinkedIn, “members with photos receive 21 times more profile views and up to 36 times more messages.”