4 Secrets Of People Who Always Get The Job

4 Secrets Of People Who Always Get The Job

Secret #1: They Don’t Rely On Job Boards

It’s a given that, these days, almost any employment search is going to begin online (CareerBuilder’s 2013 Candidate Behavior Study shows that about 80 percent of job seekers use job boards). The truth is, though, that the majority of positions you see posted are already filled, says Nicole Williams, career expert for LinkedIn. Just 18 percent of external hires can be attributed to job boards, according to the recruiting site CareerXroads. Successful candidates use boards to learn about the kinds of roles a company they’re interested in is trying to fill (and what specific skills it’s looking for), Williams says, and then they network to find people they know who work at that company and can help them land an interview.

One more thing: Jessica Rohman, senior content producer at the HR-industry consulting, research and training firm Great Place to Work, says the average referral bonus at companies on its Best Companies to Work For list is $3,600, and the bonus can go up to $20,000—which underscores the importance companies place on hiring employees who are recommended by people they trust. So don’t feel shy about reaching out to that friend of a friend, since helping you out could pay off for her.

Secret #2: They Use Their 6 Seconds Wisely

A 2012 study by The Ladders found that the amount of time it takes a recruiter to decide whether a resume belongs in the “yes” or “no” pile is a lightning-fast six seconds. Nearly every candidate knows the “objective” and “references available upon request” lines just take up space stating the obvious. HR consultant andresume expert Christopher Fields says scanability is key. A winning resume uses language that mirrors the job posting, and includes verbatim words that will jump out at the recruiter (e.g., if a company’s website says its employees go “above and beyond” on their clients’ behalf, use “above and beyond” to explain your commitment to business relationships). The best resumes are also usually formatted in reverse chronological order.

One more thing: Resumes with a font size of 11 result in more interviews than ones with smaller or larger type do. Among serif fonts, the easiest to read are Times, Georgia, Bell MT, Goudy Old Style and Garamond; for sans serif, use Arial, Tahoma, Century Gothic or Lucida Sans.

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Source: Huffington Post

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