A job search can be hit or miss. Employers are looking for candidates that match up with what they are looking to hire. The modern world of empowers people to fill out online applications and use your smartphone to conduct one’s business. When filling out job applications, for example, once you post your application, you are trusting that what you entered will be understood exactly how you intended it to be read. Keep these 2 factors in mind to make the right first impression!

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If a company uses an applicant tracking system (ATS) to collect and scan resumes, a human hiring manager may never even glance at any application that doesn’t fit the job criteria they’ve entered.
A helpful tip is to make sure you include keywords from the job post in your resume. You can copy and paste the job description into a word-cloud generator to identify the most frequently used terms, and make sure the terms that apply to you are used in your resume. You can also create a “core competencies” or “areas of expertise” section of your resume to list all of your hard and soft skills, and then reiterate those skills when you bullet your experience.

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Triple-check your own work, and then have someone else look over your resume to ensure it’s 100% clean. There is no room for sloppiness on your resume.
• Spelling, grammar and punctuation: Use error-free and proper language. A hiring manager will likely automatically dismiss your application if they spot a typo or grammatical error.
• Formatting: Use consistent font and formatting. Make the right first impression by reviewing and ensuring your document’s appearance.
• Confirm the To and Subject lines: A job search may involve many “reach outs” to different jobs/employers. Treat each contact as though its the only one you are sending out to make
sure it is titled correctly.

Job Searches can conclude quickly if you focus on the same things that are important to the Employer!

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