Step 2: How to Properly Apply for Jobs
The first rule of applying to jobs with your new resume? Ever heard the three rules of real estate? Location, Location, Location. There is a similar saying when it comes to applying to jobs with your new resume. Apply, Apply, Apply. You should use your new resume to apply for as many applicable jobs as possible. While completing applications, you may wonder about the following questions - so we’ve gone ahead and answered them for you in advance!
Apply. Apply. Apply.
What Resume Format is Best?
The resume format you should choose is completely circumstantial. If you have the opportunity to send your resume directly to a hiring manager or recruiter, you can utilize PDF format to email your resume. If you are completing online applications, that does not hold true. When completing online applications, you must remember that the majority of large employers are utilizing the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to scan and filter incoming resumes and applications. While your new resume has been keyword optimized to pass the ATS, uploading a PDF file will work against that keyword optimization. The reason is that the ATS can only scan Microsoft Word file formats, so be sure to use MS Word in this case!
Is it Necessary to have a LinkedIn Profile?
LinkedIn is the most powerful business social networking platform available. Your LinkedIn profile is your very own online resume that allows you to be discovered by recruiters and hiring managers looking for individuals with your qualifications and experience. Building out your online profile to represent yourself in the best way possible is key to maximizing the power of a LinkedIn profile. Your profile can be scanned for keywords that apply to jobs using search engines. Compounding that with the popularity of LinkedIn as a tool for recruiting, you can see why having a LinkedIn profile is ket to your success. If your LinkedIn profile isn’t optimized with relevant and powerful information about yourself, you risk missing out on job opportunities. Research shows that a lousy LinkedIn profile increases your chances of being turned away by up to 51%! If your LinkedIn profile doesn’t represent you well, consider having our team optimize your LinkedIn profile with your resume data.
Do I need to Provide Professional References? If So, How Many Professional References?
YES! You must include professional references with your application. Professional references are the most unbiased reference you can offer to a potential employer, and speak volumes more than personal references you could provide. You should typically provide three to five references with your application. As a professional courtesy, you should be sure to ask permission from the references you provide in advance. This will ensure they are willing to speak with whoever may contact them and also give them time to prepare their thoughts about what they would like to share.