Since I work as a Career Coach, I was hoping to provide some assistance/guidance to those here looking for work.
1.If you are applying to medium or large companies, you can be pretty sure that your resume is captured by an Applicant Tracking System. Therefore, the initial filtering is done based on keywords found in the Job Description.
Before you submit your resume, take a look at the Job Description, select the keywords in that description, and search your own resume for those keywords. If they are not there, put them in, obviously if you have these skills.
If your resume does not have those keywords, it may not even show up.
2. Often, the initial review of the resume is done by a junior HR person if it is a larger company or organization.
They typically do not have direct experience in the areas for which they are screening, so again, the reliance on keywords. All the major elements that make a successful employee, that is, drive, perseverance, creativity, soft skills etc. don't show up in this kind of screening/filtering.
3. LinkedIn is the best Job Search tool there is and it is free. Build your network within the industry that you wish to be in. An easy way to do this is to join groups of interest. When you are a member of such a group, you can send a LinkedIn invite to fellow group members without having their email address. On LinkedIn, visibility equals opportunity. Many recruiters search LinkedIn. The more you are networked within your industry, the better chance you have of coming across their radar.
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