Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tips for Using CareerBuilder Effectively

Tips on how to stay ahead of the herd on CareerBuilder from someone who spends most of their day looking for candidates that fit job openings.

  1. Do not use the anonymous feature. Few recruiters or employers are going to bother to try to contact you in this asinine way. Instead, they are going to contact someone else with your experience and background that didn't choose this feature.
  2. Make sure your resume can be downloaded as a file. If I can't download your resume as a .doc, it means I am going to have to copy and paste it into a word document. This way I can pass your information along to my superiors. Many recruiters will lose interest at this point, especially if you are in a common field.
  3. Check your spelling. You can have all the experience in the world, but if you misspell your name on your resume, no one is going to hire you.
  4. Make the title of your resume your career field, not your name. For instance, I want to see Administrative Assistant 10+ yrs as your resume title when I search, not Kathy Bates. Now, on your actual resume, your name should obviously be at the top.
  5. When you upload your resume, your name should be the file name. It should read KathyBates.docx.
  6. Pick a simple, normal resume style that is easily navigable. Use headers, such as education, work experience, etc. Put your name and contact info at the top. Don't mess with the classics. Don't use graphics unless you are a graphic designer. Please, please do not use graphics from Microsoft Word.

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