Save your powder . Apply for fewer jobs, but the ones that require the skill sets you absolutely master
The hook . The better you understand your client’s ‘pain’ and implications of those problems, the more effectively you can respond to their needs. Many job posts give specific details. So do some research, and respond appropriately
Sell benefits, not features . Don’t spend more than a couple of lines writing about your skills, knowledge, or experience. That’s what your profile is for. Focus on the buyer’s needs and what you can do for them.
Show instead of tell . Demonstrate efficacy on past projects. Point to previous clients & their search rankings for certain keywords. If you don’t have a good client list, start a blog and apply your SEO skills to your blog to demonstrate your skills.
GROW YOUR BUSINESS Anatomy of a good resume (on oDesk) History of work showing types of work proficiency Good overview description Certifications showing skill proficiency Substantial # of hours & high feedback scores
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