Newspaper articles offering tips for how to land a new job abound, but this one from the Los Angeles Times/Chicago Tribune contains a few nuggets that one can never emphasize enough. In particular, take note of the sections entitled “Get to the point” and “Customize.” And of course, it’s always worth remembering the tips about spelling and professionalism described under “Loose ends.”
With the job market tight, the resume is as important as ever. Recruiters will be looking for every opportunity to weed out candidates, and formatting errors or misspellings that might have flown during the bull market can be death knells today.
Also, it’s important to tailor your resume to the position for which you’re applying. Employers can afford to be picky, so if your resume doesn’t broadcast that you’re a perfect fit for the position, you may not make it into the interview room. Consider doing outside research on both the firm and the people who compose it; who knows, you may be able to charm your way into the interview room because of an interest or passion you share with a hiring authority.