By now you get it: If you want to land an interview -- let alone a job offer -- you need a stellar résumé. Fortunately, you already have one and are fairly certain it's strong enough to put you a step ahead of the competition.
Not so fast. Sure you've got a knockout résumé, but do you actually know how to use it? Unfortunately, most job seekers don't, according to career coach Katy Piotrowski.
"Nine out of 10 job seekers do very little with their résumés, hoping that their dream employer will come looking for them. Just like a hammer, a résumé is a tool that can help you get the job done. But if the hammer sits in a toolbox unused, it's worthless. Your résumé, sitting on your desk or in your computer, will do little for you unless it lands in the hands of decision makers," Piotrowski writes in her recently released book, "The Career Coward's Guide to Résumés."
While working with thousands of job seekers, Piotrowski has seen firsthand which résumé strategies significantly increased the number of interviews her clients received. Based on her experience, here are five sure-fire methods to maximize a résumé's results:
Customize your résumé every time you apply to a job opening
Tap into your network to identify helpful contacts in the hiring company
Submit both electronic and hard copies of your résumé
Send a second submission of your résumé two days later
"A strong résumé and taking advantage of effective job search techniques are what will help you pull ahead of your competition. Then you'll open many doors to attractive positions that fit your skills and interests," reminds Piotrowski.
Selena Dehne is a career writer for JIST Publishing who shares the latest occupational, career and job search information available with job seekers and career changers. Her articles help people find meaningful work, develop their career and life plans, and carry out effective job search campaigns.
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