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In Creating an Effective Resume, author Mariann Siegert provides step-by-step guidance on creating resumes that highlight accomplishments and specifically target a potential employer's needs. The course covers how to build a resume that encompasses action statements, keywords, styling, and effective content, while addressing common stumbling blocks such as handling employment gaps and career changes. Framing the resume as a vital component of a personalized marketing campaign, Mariann shows how to conduct employer research and utilize keyword optimization techniques to increase a resume's potential of being found by employers and recruiters on resume banks and job sites. Also included are tips on writing cover letters and thank-you notes. Exercise files accompany the course.
Resume banks provide a way for job seekers to find employment through the Internet. It's a quickly growing industry that blows away the old way of seeking employment through newspaper ads and employment agencies. It's like an employment dating service, but it matches job candidates with employers. In the long run, both the candidate and the employers save time and money, so it's a win-win situation. There are different kinds of resume banks. Some are limited to only allowing searching their database of posted jobs listed by employers or recruiters, but do not support posting resumes.
Others specialize in, or are targeted for, different career fields. For example, some are targeted towards IT, while others may include employers across multiple countries or regions. Conduct a search on the Internet to locate resume banks that meet your specific needs and particular circumstances. Simply type in 'resume banks' and as you can see, there are literally millions to choose from. In this case, you can see that we have 17,000,400 to choose from.
I've picked out a few to give you some examples. For example here, Dice is specifically centered around people that have technical jobs. Monster here is probably one of the most popular, along with Careerbuilder and indeed.com, but what you'll find is indeed.com doesn't allow you to upload your resume. It only allows you to search for jobs that are here already. And then international job opportunities, you'll see that you'll find all kinds of international job opportunities listed under those 17 million plus searches that came up.
So you have Canada here, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Western Europe, and on and on. The most common scenario you will find when dealing with resume banks is setting up your login information and then filling out a questionnaire when you first sign up. This information will be placed into their database so it will become searchable by employers. Remember to use your keywords throughout the questionnaire, just as you do when you're building your resume. Depending on the site, you may be able to copy and paste information from your resume into the questionnaire form.
Some of these resume banks offer a service that will send a matching candidate's information automatically to employers via email. When filling in the questionnaire, keep in mind not only employers use this database; unfortunately, there are many unethical people we must share this planet with that use resume banks to mind email addresses, phone numbers, and any other information they can get their hands on, and sell these lists. To protect yourself, remember to create a separate email address for job hunting based on your name, and don't include any other contact information such as your address.
Just make sure to check your email often. You don't want to be slow to respond when you get a bite. In addition to filling out a questionnaire and setting up your login and password information, most of the larger and well-known sites allow you to upload a copy of your resume. Some sites allow you to upload your resume in Word format, while others only allow TXT or RTF versions. Hopefully sooner than later most banks will start allowing PDF versions to also be uploaded, but for now, most don't.
The reason for this is recruiters copy and paste information into their own formats, and unless they have special apps that will allow them to OCR, or copy and paste from PDF, they won't be able to perform this function. Yet again, some recruiters with newer applicant tracking systems can now upload PDFs into these systems. There is a whole chapter in his course dedicated to saving to different formats if you need more information. Another strategy when using resume banks to help you find employment is keeping your resume fresh.
Make one or two little changes to your resume and resave about once a week. That way it will keep your resume at the top of the stack when employers are searching by date for resumes that have been recently submitted. Another tactic to use when utilizing resume banks in your job search is to take it for a spin. Some sites allow you to see how many potential employers or recruiters have looked at your resume. Try out different resume titles to see which attracts more employers and entices them to view your resume.
If you are not getting calls but see that they have viewed your resume, make some changes to the resume itself. It's a great way to evaluate and analyze the substance of your resume by the results you're getting, and will allow you to test different wording, phrasing, and content. In this way you can fine-tune and make minor or major modifications if needed. Utilizing resume banks in your job search is almost a must in today's economy and job market. Online job searching can be a crucial tool for your job search that shouldn't be overlooked.
You should of course do a search on resume banks yourself and apply for jobs that appeal to you, but the advantage of uploading to resume banks is you will be able to open doors to let employers and recruiters find you. Some jobs aren't listed online. Be sure to upload to one or multiple banks to heighten your stakes of finding the right job.
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