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Be a Job Search Rebel

Be a Job Search Rebel

So, you’re in the market for a new job, eh? Chances are you have a list goingBe a Job Search Rebel through your mind about the do’s and don’ts of how to land that new opportunity. Perhaps it’s not a list you’re even conscious of but you may be acting in a bubble of what used to work and no longer does, or preventing yourself from making a move that seems taboo. If you’re filling out online applications and uploading hundreds of resumes, you’re not harnessing your inner rebel – and that’s exactly what you need in today’s job search.

Your Resume and the Goldilocks Principle

Is your resume full of so much detail it requires actual reading in order to see what you bring to the position? That’s too much. On the flipside, is your resume so full of keywords and phrases that it doesn’t capture YOU? That’s too little. You want a resume that is “just right.” The writing should be lean, tight and quantified when possible. The formatting can still be applicant tracking system friendly without being dull. Your resume has to strike a balance of being friendly for the human eye and readable for the tracking systems.

  1. Think like a rebel and ask yourself how you can stand out without adding visual clutter.
  2. Pair down and cut what isn’t relevant – more is not always better.
  3. Send it far and wide. Don’t wait for an opening.

Cut the Line (When you Can)

Some companies specifically request that you not contact hiring managers. Use your judgement there but why not go directly to the source? There are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Resist the temptation to say too much or sound apologetic. Get right to the point of why you’re writing and why it’s in their best interest to connect with you.
  2. Make sure your LinkedIn and online presence are exactly what you want them to be before reaching out. If they follow that click to your profile, it’s your big shot to get their attention.
  3. Warm up the connection by following them on Twitter or reading their blogs. Comment, re-tweet, share, etc… This will give you greater insight into what makes them tick AND it can increase the chances of a successful communication.

Don’t Wait for a 100% Match

When a company posts a job opening, they are essentially saying “We have a need. Our need looks like this. Who can help us fill the need?” With a bit of creativity, you can help them see why their actual need is more broad, more specialized, more senior/junior. As a career coach, I can’t tell you how many people feel discouraged from applying because they don’t have nearly every listed qualification or attribute. Be a rebel and help people understand why you are the solution.

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Tava Auslan, MSEd, ACRW
Senior Coach, Certified Resume Writer

Tava Auslan is a career counselor, certified resume writer and dancer. She received her BA in Psychology from SUNY Purchase and a Counseling Masters from Fordham University. Since 2002 she has partnered with her clients to give them clarity, confidence and concrete strategies for job search. Tava is known for her ability to help people assess their challenges, determine where they are stuck and offer tangible solutions to get them back on track. An astute writer, Tava earned her ACRW credential from Resume Writing Academy and crafts resumes that tell a compelling story for job seekers of all ages and stages. Tava has worked with a broad array of clients ranging from entrepreneurs, project managers, recent grads and engineers.

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