Few people will argue that social media has an impact in our lives—Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest have given us new ways to connect. LinkedIn offers an easy professional network that can be both independent and authentic.
The one thing to say about social media: the business world has certainly embraced it with a passion. With the ability to create “buzz,” social media has become the go-to stage for things like low-cost advertising, lead generation and connecting with consumers.
Perhaps the place where social media has had the biggest influence is talent management. Job searches, recruitment and candidate administration are all essentially social structures—a two way street custom-made for social media. Hiring has never been a one-sided proposition.
Your resume is no longer just on paper, it’s also online. Companies are just as likely to examine social media to learn about you.
In today’s job market, the questions persist: Do resumes have the social media “punch” to make it in the most competitive market in years.
Increasing interconnectivity means both candidates and employers can rely more on cross-functioning groups to make a hiring decision. This means casting a wider social “net” to increase your visibility to the right people.
Three tips to how to make your resume with a social media punch:
The Internet has made many traditional recruitment techniques obsolete, but (thankfully) the cover letter is not one of them.
For more effective recruitment, there are five basics every cover letter should have.
There is no doubt that the Internet has changed the business landscape, especially when it comes to recruitment and hiring.
From submitting resumes online, video interviews and keyword searches to affordable applicant tracking systems available to businesses of any size, the Internet has certainly made recruitment more streamlined.
Speed and simplicity cause many job seekers to believe the cover letter has become obsolete. They reason that the resume is what hiring managers want, so what exactly is the purpose of an additional page.
Even though they are rarely read, cover letters have a place.
Not surprisingly, many recruiters actually admit they do not even read candidate cover letters.
The fact remains that a resume alone will not get you the job, no matter how incredible your qualifications. The sheer number of job applicants for each position means you must differentiate yourself beyond the competition. The cover letter helps you do just that.
No matter what, it is essential to customize your resume for the specific job you are seeking. This is the same for cover letters. Resume parsing software often look for the word matches both on the resume as well as on cover letters.
Cover letters, even if not read, will give you an opportunity to tell your story and highlight your strengths. This allows you to add value to your resume, by explaining exactly how your recruitment will benefit the company.
Try these five basics when writing your next cover letter:
Resumes and cover letters may be a good start in the hiring process, but the behavioral interview can get to the heart of the matter! Four behavioral interview tips, to learn if you have the perfect candidate!
Resumes and cover letters determine which candidates deserve a closer look; they show which ones are worth more of your time.
However, without the interview, it is impossible to find the best talent.
Literally, an interviewer can ask hundreds of questions. Asking everything could take hours, and you just do not have the time. Even then, a marathon meeting—filled with meaningless questions—leaves no guarantees that you will find the right fit for your company. The best interview tips are to choose only a select few pertinent questions.
Behavioral interviewing learns which candidates will work the best in a particular corporate culture. One of the best ways to be truly effective is to trim down the list of questions to only what is relevant. Stick to the a few interview tips, and it will soon get down to exactly what you need to know to make a hiring decision.
The most difficult part of a modern job search is determining if the latest technology is a definite movement or only a passing fad. One example is infographic resumes.
Everyone agrees that finding a job can be a job in itself, especially for employers who have to sift through thousands of identical resumes. So it might be reasonable to think job seekers will use eye-catching tricks in an attempt to stand out. One popular trend has become the infographic resume.
With infographic resumes, is it more than just a fad? It could be here to stay.
Video resumes are a prime example of technology gone awry—perhaps even becoming a running joke with employers. Some experts swear by them, others say job seekers should stay away.
The same is true with infographics, the vision and design phenomenon that has now made its way into the world of the resume.
Infographics have already become common business tools, popular for summarizing information in visually appealing ways and making them easy to understand.
It is not difficult to imagine job seekers will try to do the same for their qualifications, strengths and abilities.
Isn’t that is the point of a resume, anyway?
However, an effective infographic resume should depend on the situation and type of job you are seeking. Do it right and it could get you noticed (in a good way); do infographic resumes wrong, and you may be the object of office jokes for years to come.
Four tips for creating a successful infographic resume: