The ways that we go about employment have changed. It used to be that you could call a few recruiters, send out some CVs or resumes and look for employment ads in your Saturday newspaper.
An employment search now? - It's a jungle out there!
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Think like an employer
To be successful in your employment search campaign you must think like an employer. If you are going to do your employment search right, you need to appreciate the ways that employers sift through the flood of job resumes. We call the most common process the screening.
Faced with a pile of hundreds of CVs, resumes and job applications that they typically receive, a screener would be more then human who gave such in-depth attention to every one. In the real world, skim reading of CVs or resumes is very much a reality and it is easy to miss crucial information.
Do you know what their objective is?
We can tell you what it is not. Screeners are nor there to find the best candidate for the job!
What they are looking for is a way to weed out every job resume and CV possible. The goal is to present whoever is making the hiring decision with a manageable shortlist of potential candidates - maybe 5 or 10 out of all applications they received.
It's a matter of numbers!
What screeners look for?
Well, it depends on how stringent they are. Many will chuck your resume or CV right away if they find any of the following errors:
- An anonymous address such as "Dear Sir/Madam", "To whom it may concern" or "Dear Recruiter" etc.,
- Incorrect title, name or company of the person to whom you are writing,
- Forgetting to include a real person's name,
- A single, visible spelling or typographical mistake,
- Any stains or dirt on the document.
You might be wondering how these folks can do this, after you spent so much time putting your application package together.
The answer is plain and simple - they can afford to because it is a buyer's market.
Employers ask themselves if your skills and work achievements match exactly what they are looking for. They check if your cover letter is concise and targeted to the reader. If you have sent a form letter, you can probably kiss the job good bye. The list of reasons to disqualify you goes on and on.
If you think the employment process is bad now, just wait. It is going to get better we think (or worse, depending on your point of view). A new technology could be very helpful to you. It could help you find your next employment. We call it the electronic applicant screening and tracking technology. Most human resources are using it.
By using the latest in document imaging technology, they scanning your CV or resume into a computer system and keeping it "active" for years. The computer can search for just about anything in your documents. You could be qualified and considered for jobs of which you never thought. The computer can make it easier for you to be considered for more jobs. The computer keeps your CV / resume on file, so updating your information is quicker.
Here is how it works. They scan your employment application into the computer as an image. Then OCR (optical character recognition) software looks at the image to distinguish every letter and number (characters) and creates a text file (ASCII format). Then artificial intelligence "reads" the text and extracts important information about you, such as your name, address, phone number, work history, skills, degrees, achievements, years of experience, education, etc. in the form of keywords and phrases.
Keywords refer to those words and phrases that are used to search of documents for hits.
A hit is when one of your skills matches a computer search key word.
Why is it important for you to know this?
When you prepare a resume / CV for the computer to read, you want it to be a scannable document. The computer system scan CVs / resumes into database and rank them according to the number of resulting hits.
- A scannable resume or CV should be clean so the scanner can get a clean image.
- The scannable document has standard fonts and crisp, black type (such as a laser printer or typewriter with a new ribbon would produce), so the OCR can recognize every character.
- In addition, a scannable resume has plenty of key words for the artificial intelligence to extract. More skills and facts (keywords) you provide, so more job opportunities (hits) you will match or generate.
Many small or even medium size companies do not have personnel or human resources departments anymore. Job headhunters, job recruiters, executive recruiters and employment agencies replaced them. Some of the employment agencies staff are former employees of such departments. Employment agencies have contacts with thousands of companies with specific jobs to fill.
Nevertheless, i.e. how you will network in California, where you know no one, when you are living in Canada or Russia?
The answer is simple - Let employment agencies network for you!
Networking is a very important part of finding jobs. This can be difficult for a foreigner looking for job openings, but there are social networking websites for professionals such as the LinkedIn or Facebook, where you may search for jobs and have your keyword-optimized, rich content profile with current CV or resume. Hiring managers use them more frequently to consult your profile and supplement or check against the CV/resume you send along. If you do not have an account, create one and include your social media link(s) on your CV or resume.
However, you should manage your online presence. Eliminate any photos and statements that could reflect poorly on you. From an employer’s point of view, someone who emphasizes partying on a social networking site is not focused on jobs and those who post complaints about work or colleagues are less desirable candidates. Online CV/resume should not include sensitive information as they could show lack of respect for confidentiality and discretion.
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Remember that your CV/resume must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV writing or resume writing instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use CV samples, CV templates, resume samples and resume templates or:
- "fill in the blanks" resume writing software.
Most recruiters expect to receive a cover letter together with your resume or CV.
So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview.
If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:
When your job application consisting of your job cover letter and resume or CV is completed you are ready, submit them to employers and Job recruiters in places where you want to work. Then, start prepare yourself to win at job interviews and get the job you want.
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When you receive an invitation to the job interview, you may apply for the visa and work permit. Then prepare yourself for job interview and take a look at dress code because how you dress is the one of the most important attribute in being hired.
Good luck with your employment search.