10 Things You Need To Know About Today's Job Search
10 Things You Need To
Know About Today’s
Original Article by Joshua Waldman
1.) Google Has Replaced The Resume
Recruiters are now using Google and
LinkedIn searches to find talent,
instead of paying for job board or
In fact, many companies are
mandating that every new application
go through a Google screening
That means, the 1st page of your
Google results matter more than ever
during your job search.
2.) A Summary Is Enough
Today, the resume is used mostly in
the screening process while actual
decisions are made after interviews.
And because there are so many
candidates competing for each job,
HR people often scan resumes very
In fact, the average time on a resume
is 30 seconds.
3.) Social Proof Is A Must
Social proof, testimonials, or
recommendations seriously reduce
the perceived risk of you as a
The most costly mistake a hiring
manager can make it to hire the
wrong person. Some say that if a
new-hire leaves within 3 months, it
costs the company one and half that
person’s annual salary.
4.) Resumes & Cover Letters Aren’t
Read On Paper Anymore
Most companies aren’t receiving
paper resumes and when they get
them via email or application
systems, they don’t print them.
Expect your resume and cover letters
to be read on a computer screen.
This means you have to format your
documents in a way that makes
5.) Relationships First, Resumes Second
If an introduction is made online, then
your online profile offers much more
information than a resume.
Shift your priorities from, “Oh crap, I
have to get my resume done!” to, “Oh
crap, where can I meet some more
6.) Employers Only Care About What
In years past, a resume or job
application was focused on what the
job seeker wanted. This is not true
Now an application, resume, or cover
letter must speak to what value the
seeker can bring to the organization.
How can you bring value to the
company and how soon can the
company realize that value?
7.) Don’t Mind The Gap
Large gaps in your resume are not as
important as they used to be.
Not only do employers today realize
that millions of great and wonderful
people get laid off, they also
appreciate it when candidates show
initiative and tried to start their own
8.) Nouns Are The New Currency
Online search tools rely on nouns or
keywords to deliver search results to
recruiters, the resumes with the right
combination of nouns often win.
If you want to succeed in today’s job
search, make a commitment to learn
how to research keywords and how
to use them appropriately on the
9.) Everyone Has A Personal Brand
Even if you’re not big on computers,
you have a personal brand as well as
an online reputation. You have to
decide, will you be in control of your
image or will someone else?
Recruiters & hiring managers are
looking for red flags, inconsistencies
in your image or messaging will
prevent you from passing screening.
10.) Typing Isn’t A Skill Anymore
Being able to type used to be a skill
people highlighted on their resume.
Now, you have to know how to type
just to have a resume.
What really matters is how well you’
ve prepared yourself for the
To really shine, focus on customizing
each resume & cover letter. It’s better
to send off a few very targeted
applications then to spray and pray.