Getting back to basics: 5 tips to land your dream job

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Are you on the hunt for a new job and looking for a way to stand out from the crowd? You’re not alone. More than a quarter of U.S. workers (27 percent) plan to change jobs in the back half of 2017, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

Are you on the hunt for a new job and looking for a way to stand out from the crowd? You’re not alone. More than a quarter of U.S. workers (27 percent) plan to change jobs in the back half of 2017, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

CareerBuilder CHRO Rosemary Haefner shares five tips that every worker needs to remember when hunting for a new gig.

1. Customize your application and resume. Approximately a third of employers review resumes for less than one minute (32 percent), but 49 percent of employers say they would pay more attention to job applications with a resume customized for the open position. Take the time to personalize — it might just get you to the next round.

2. Review your references. Think through your references – pick colleagues who can speak to your strengths and skills. More than half of employers (51 percent) say that a candidate’s reference has not given positive feedback about the candidate, and 54 percent have changed their mind about a candidate after speaking with a reference.

3. Tell the truth. More than half of employers (55 percent) have caught a lie on a resume, and over a third (39 percent) have caught someone providing a fake reference. The truth is always your best bet.

4. Provide your profiles. Seventy percent of employers use social media to screen candidates — and 57 percent of employers are less likely to interview a candidate they can’t find online. Do their work for them by providing your online portfolio, website and social media handles; just be sure you are presenting a professional image.

5. Prepare for the interview. So, you got the interview — congrats, but the work is just beginning. Fifty-nine percent of employers say asking good questions in the interview is important to them when considering a candidate for a job, and 48 percent said it was important to come to an interview prepared with ideas.

Check out CareerBuilder’s guide on how to create the perfect resume, and the top things not do in an interview.


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