Thursday, March 26, 2009

Give Recruiters a Reason to Call

I look at a lot of resumes, and even more online profiles via LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

A common mistake among job hunters is that too many make their pertinent info too hard to find.

If you have a LinkedIn profile, include a statement prior to your work history that screams (out loud!) this is who I am, this is what I've done, and this is why you want me!

If this info isn't glaringly clear, then you are leaving it to chance that the recruiter will interpret your background and experience correctly. Big mistake.

Although Kevin Donlin's not looking for a job, I like his LinkedIn profile. Under his name, he has this statement:
I help people find jobs fast.

I also like Vickie Bartman's:

Design and Production Manager seeking FT opportunity to contibute Creative and organizational talent.
This 1-2 liner on LinkedIn doesn't provide the space to describe "why" somebody should hire you, but at a minimum, it gives you the opportunity to succinctly describe who you are and what you do. Most importantly, it reduces "click" and "scroll" time.

Don't leave it to chance. If your resume isn't screaming loud enough to get the attention of a busy recruiter, you may never pique their interest enough to pick up the phone.

Give them a reason to call.

1 comment:

John said...

Excellent advice for job seekers.