I agree with the overwhelming response of careerists to spend time networking and doing company research as a job seeker, instead of posting resumes online. The facts are there: online job applications account for 2-5% of job offers.
That said, if you find a suitable company through your networking and research, chances are they are going to ask you to apply online, even if you claim an inside contact. So you’re stuck being just one more needle in the hiring person’s haystack. Here are some quick tips to make your online resume stand out from the rest of the chaff:
of your resume. With online applications, there’s a lot of “misfire” candidates due to the ease and safety of the application process. You want to show respect for the hiring manager and their organization by helping them see you’re on target.
In following these three guidelines, you’ll win some goodwill from the often overworked, blurry-eyed hiring manager who’s tired of sifting through poorly formatted, unfocused, and irrelevant resumes.
Be the breath of fresh air amongst all that online resume pollution and you can beat the odds.