When you’re looking for a job, your resume is your most important tool. It’s what hiring managers will use to decide whether or not to interview you. If your resume is weak, you may not get the chance to show them what you can do.
Here are some tips to help improve your job application success rate:
1. Make sure your resume is well-written and error-free.
Hiring managers will quickly dismiss an application if it’s riddled with errors. Make sure to proofread your resume carefully before submitting it.
2. Use keywords in your resume.
Many companies now use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to screen resumes. These systems scan resumes for keywords related to the job opening. Make sure to include keywords in your resume, and make sure they’re spelled correctly.
3. Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for.
If you want your resume to stand out, tailor it to the specific job you’re applying for. Be sure to highlight skills and experience that are relevant to the position.
4. Use a professional email address.
Your email address can say a lot about you. If you have a unprofessional email address, such as “partygirl92” or “ilovecats23,” hiring managers will likely dismiss your application. Use a professional email address that your future boss will find impressive.
5. Include your social media profiles.
Increasingly, employers are checking out applicants’ social media profiles to learn more about them. If you don’t want potential employers to see photos of you getting drunk at last weekend’s party, it may be wise not to include these on your resume. On the other hand, if you have experience running or moderating a blog or website that is related to the industry where you are applying, then this could help your job application success rate because it would show the employer that you know what you are doing in relation to their field/job requirements.
6. Make a good first impression.
When you go for an interview, you want to make a good first impression. Dress appropriately and be polite to everyone you meet. Arrive on time and be prepared to answer questions.
If you follow these tips, your job application success rate will definitely improve. Good luck!
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