1. Determine your own destiny

Before you embark on a job search, make sure you have a true understanding of your qualifications and the types of jobs you are seeking.  Simply applying online by uploading your resume and cover letter is not always the most effective way to job hunt. As you may have experienced, your resume often gets lost in the sea of resumes. In order to stand out, you need to apply online, then locate and follow up with the recruiter or someone at companies where you have applied. This is a great way to make connections with inside connections who may be able to fast track your resume to the right person. These contacts can be very helpful in propelling your resume up the pipeline. Not sure how to connect with recruiters and other company insiders? Try LinkedIn! It a great tool for connecting with other professionals.    

  1. Use your resume to best sell you and your knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)

Use language on your resume that best market your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Abstain from using over used adjectives that make you sound pretentious. You want to be as authentic as possible on your resume so you stand out from the crowd.  You are unique, so use your personal qualities and attributes to effectively sell you and your skills.

  1. Your resume should accurately reflect your qualification for the jobs you are seeking

Your resume is your marketing document, so make sure it responds to the needs and requirements of each job you apply for. Remember, you are marketing yourself to the company, so make sure they see your true value and how you can benefit their company.  Companies need to know what makes you ideal for their job openings, so your resume should adequately convey why you are the best fit for the job.

  1. Understand your worth before you discuss salary

Always do your salary research. You need to have a full understanding of what the jobs you are pursuing pay in your local market. You also need to know what your desired salary is so you can effectively negotiate and win when the time presents.  Also, never bring up salary first. Let the employer do so.

  1. Never compromise your values to land a job

You will never be happy if you chase money. Do what you love and the money will come.

Are you currently job hunting and not sure what to do or where to start? Let APEX Career Services help you! Our Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) is always happy to help you put your best foot forward.  Contact us today at www.ApexCareerServices.com/Services to get started!

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