Easy steps to build a resume and connect with employers faster
Create tailored resumes and apply to jobs in less than 30 minutes.
Our super scientific Twitter poll showed that more than 1/3 of job hunters aren’t willing to spend more than 10 minutes on a single job application, and about half said they would spend up to 30 minutes total.
While this wasn’t a real study by any stretch of the imagination, it does support a common frustration in the job search process: the whole thing is just too complicated.
Employers and job seekers want the same thing – to find (or be) the right person on the right team. There are many factors that contribute to “right” which makes this process inherently complex, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Here are a few ways to streamline your efforts and connect to companies, faster.
Understand the relationship between your resume and your candidate profile. One is a quick highlights-reel of relevant accomplishments meant to pique the interest of a hiring manager. The other, your candidate profile, should offer a layer deeper and progress as you move through your career. Resumes are tailored to specific roles and titles, serving as a snapshot of a moment of time; your profile adds context and detail.
Your resume is not “one and done” - but you can combat that fatigue. You don’t have to completely rewrite it for every role. A cover letter, your email introduction or an “about me” section in an application can include your pitch or specific experiences relevant to that job. Maximize your job search by creating three versions of your resume to accommodate for the majority of the roles to which you’re applying.
For example, if you’re in marketing, you might create one that showcases your strategic and analytical skills, another focused on sales or lead generation, and another that showcases your content production abilities. Or if you’re a truck driver or sales rep, maybe your role looks different based on the company size, so create a version tailored toward those distinctions.
Save up to three resumes in your profile, and when you hit that “Apply Now” button, select the resume you want to use, and you’re on your way.
Let technology help you create a resume. Based on billions of data points and 25 years leading this industry, CareerBuilder AI can help you build a strong resume, apply faster and help you get hired. Our tool uses common job responsibilities and skills to fill in the basics for you – so just edit, add your personal accomplishments and move on. (And you can do all of this from your phone through the CareerBuilder jobs app on iOS and Android.)
Complete your candidate profile. Add your skills, proficiency levels, social networks and professional summary to set yourself apart from other candidates. You’ll appear in searches for your skillset or experience, so make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.
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