Howdy folks! I just landed a job after 2 months of job hunting and 70 something applications, woohoo!
So I moved to another state a little over a year ago and was new to the job market after being with my previous company for 15 years. No big deal
right? Just seek job, fill out some applications, introduce yourself, shake some hands and wait... Well I filled out 84 applications which took
anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes each, attached a resume and waited. Man I didn't even get acknowledgement of information received,(except 2) much
less an offer. So I went old school and started hitting up temp agencies in person. Well they all told me to go online to apply. I had also
physically gone to the front door of numerous co's and they really don't want you there seeking a job. "You need to go inline sir." Okay then...I
guess I understand that but man, you lose the value of selling yourself and making an impression. Still no luck so I went back to the temp co's in
person and the timing was right for a job that came open that day. I was fortunate in this instance. I would say if you are targeting a specific
company, it would not hurt to go there in person and ask about job. All they can do is say no, but you can create a familiarity with them.
Fast forward 1 year later and I was in the same boat again. I used Indeed
and filled out another 70+ applications
to no avail. A friend of my folks that was in HR then enlightened me to a few things. 96% of application/resumes turned into a company for review
are first screened by AI. A person doesn't sift through countless resumes anymore, which again makes sense with the broad reach and response of
online job marketing. What the AI picks up is bullet points, which I had, but the HR person advised me on 2 more points. One, make literal bullet
point/asterisk marks bolded, and use actual words that are in the job description/requirements. Second, instead of listing what you have done, word
it as your achievements
. For example instead of putting "inventory control," put "reduced discrepancies in inventory by..." Instead of
putting "shipping/receiving," put "increased accuracy in shipping/receiving by..."
The HR lady also told me to leave the education information off the resume. In my case it was because it reflects my age (50 something), and while
that shouldn't work against me, it still may in the initial screening. Also attach a cover letter that conveys specific task and duties you have
pertaining to job, ad a bit of personal nuance This may seem redundant and cover letters don't get seen as much, but they can make a difference as
they allow a bit of unique information distinguishing you from the masses after the first screening.
I did these things and started getting 60 to 70% responses and then actual interviews. For the interviews, be prepared with actual examples of your
performances that made an improvement of some sort. Be prepared for
Behavioral Interview Questions
. Do a little research on
the company and have something to say in regards to that. Take advantage of the " do you have any questions for us?" I like, "what is a typical
day like for this position?" "What growth opportunities may I have here in the future?" You can research this stuff online and get a lot of info,
but be prepared for interview. You will be much more confident and increase the chance of being hired. I personally noticed a big difference both in
myself and with the interviewers after preparation, and the interview became positive and productive situations.
Additionally, I used Indeed for a while but then switched to Glassdoor
and not only did this have
better jobs but the layout was better and more defined. Glassdoor generated significantly more responses. Be aware if you are filling out numerous
apps, that on Indeed there are some scams. If you get a call and someone asks you for your social security number, red flag! Ask their name and
company address, then google that info for verification. Obviously don't give anyone any bank account information. Out of 100 + applications, I ran
into this twice.
Job hunting today is kind of crazy because you don't have a chance to sit and look someone in the eyes for first impression. You have to get through
multiple barriers first and are often competing with hundreds of applicants for one job. My faith is restored though by being made aware of some of
these things and I hope that this may help some of you as it did me. Good luck!!