In this day and age, everything is virtual: we buy food and groceries on our smartphones. We have meetings on our laptops and we talk to our friends and families through our webcams and especially during this pandemic period, we even apply interview and get hired virtually all without ever seeing our future teams or managers in person. Given this, your resume online presence and virtual interviewing skills are all the more important to helping you land that extreme job. So if you're on the hunt for a new career then stick around, as i highlight the top five things, you can do to increase your chances of landing a new job in 2021 welcome back to daniels brew, let's dive right into it with our First tip on the list: enhancing your resume. On average, there are over 250 applications for every single corporate job post and of those usually four to six get the opportunity to interview and eventually one gets hired and according to this ladders.com case study, the typical recruiter often spends no more than 7.4 seconds. Reviewing a resume that's less time than it takes to tie one shoe, . What that means is that your resume has to clearly and accurately convey the most important things you wanted to represent about you in those short 7.4 seconds. How do you do that by optimizing your resume with these three tactics? First, make sure you have a section near the top of your resume, that outlines exactly who you are and what you're experienced so that the recruiter gets a quick initial overview of what you bring to the table. I like to have my title key skills or disciplines and functional experience written right at the top. Before i go into my work experience section next, when it comes to the work history section as a rule of thumb, i always make the first line an overview of my work responsibilities, but every other bullet after that is a list of quantified accomplishments that i've had Within the role now, it's important to be explicit here and clearly quantify the end results of your accomplishments with measurable figures and stats, to make sure that you convey the direct impacts of your actions. For instance. Take this bland example statement on this resume and here's a better way to rewrite that same bullet even as a hiring manager when i've hired people in the past too many times have i seen these types of generic summaries of job responsibilities or unmeasurable claims and results That have made me wonder what the candidate's direct contribution was to that particular rule or project, but every once in a while. I'D get a well-written resume that showcased some hard facts and figures telling me exactly what their impact value was to their role. And these were the ones that i was most likely to want to interview. The next thing you'll want to ensure is that your resume is keyword optimized to your applying position, given that a recruiter only spends 7.4 seconds reviewing most resumes within those 7 seconds, you need to display the most relevance and correlation to the open position as possible, thereby Signaling to the recruiter that your resume is worth either a second look or a more detailed reading. In order to do that, you'll want to make sure that you identify the keywords or phrases that are important within this prospective job posting and ensure that they're consistently reflected in your relevant work, history and skill summary. You can often see important subjects and concepts repeated multiple times within a job description. Those are the ones that you'll want to identify and align to just make sure when you apply this step that you're not keyword stuffing, which basically means that you want to make sure that the use of those keywords are fitting and in context with your narrative, as Opposed to just forcefully, including them as many times as possible, particularly in places where it doesn't quite make sense. According to the 2020 jobvite recruiter nation survey, 72 percent of recruiters use or plan to use linkedin within the recruiting process, which means almost three out of every four recruiters, will take a look at your linkedin profile. This means that, in addition to the seven second review of your resume, your linkedin profile is another quick opportunity to convince the recruiter that your background is right to move on to the next step. First make sure you achieve all-star status in your profile, strength meter, the linkedin profile. Strength meter is linkedin's barometer for how complete and robust your profile is the more complete it is, the more professional and attractive it looks to recruiters. In fact, linkedin states that users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through linkedin. To achieve this status on your linkedin profile, you generally have to complete these seven steps. Number one have a profile photo two fill out your industry and location sections. Three have your summary section populated four: complete your education history. Five fill out at least three past positions, including your current position. Six fill in at least five skills in the skill section and, lastly, have at least 50 connections. It also helps to write out any awards or accolades that you might have received, as well as collecting recommendations from your co-workers or past managers. Now that your linkedin profile is complete, the next thing that can greatly increase your job searching prospects is to network the first step in doing this is to reach out to all those former colleagues and bosses that you trust and let them know that you're actively seeking A new job, according to this article from the shrm, the society for human resource management, approximately 30 of all hires in the us, are done through referrals, and this makes sense, because, when you're activating your network to help, you look for a new role. You'Re also indirectly tapping into their network as well, and if they know someone that has an open position that you might be a good fit for, they might be likely to refer you. In addition, networking gives you a great opportunity to set the foundation for references if they're requested from a potential employer in the future. Another way to network is to be active on linkedin, and this can mean joining different communities or interest groups, engaging and participating in different articles posts or publications on linkedin, and also following your favorite companies or causes on the platform. Now, those first three tips were intended to help you get your foot in the door to help secure your entry into the interview step, but these next two are designed to enhance your performance throughout the interview loops. To give you a better chance of landing that final spot within the selection process, the first of these is to up your virtual interview game, as i mentioned earlier on. Given the times that we're in applying interview and getting hired virtually is becoming more and more the norm. In fact, if we go back to the 2020 jobvite recruiter nation survey, it was recorded that half of the surveyed, recruiters conduct 50 or more of their interviews via video now and 40 of recruiters, believe that virtual interviews will be the default moving forward. What that means is nowadays where, in your home, you have your video interviews as well as how you sound and many other audio video aspects of this process are becoming more and more important. To this point, a little while back i published a video on the top 6 video interview tips in 2020.
This segment goes over all the things you need to know here from camera angles, to lighting to sound, so that you can showcase your very best when it comes to virtual interviews. Make sure you check that one out it's one of my older videos, but i promise you. The information is well worth the watch. The link will be below in the description section and, lastly, make sure you maintain your confidence and your perseverance in every aspect of this job search process, whether you're currently unemployed, because of the pandemic or you're, just stuck in a job that you hate. No matter what your situation is just remember that you have the power to change your circumstances, but that change might take some time and a bit of sweat equity on your part. On average, it takes about three to four months for a person to find a job and that number gets higher depending on the economic conditions, location factors, the experience or seniority of the position, as well as the flexibility in both the hiring manager and the accepting candidate. For the role all that's to say that you'll likely apply to countless number of jobs, go on multiple virtual interviews, only to find out that you've gotten close but was ultimately not selected for the position, and this could go on for a while. But the longer it goes on the more important it is not to lose your confidence or your perseverance. Take note that, just because it didn't work out this one particular time it doesn't mean that you weren't good enough or smart enough or skilled enough for that part. Given the state the economy is in during this pandemic and the fact that many companies have laid off so many skilled and experienced employees in 2020, it means that the likelihood of being fully qualified for the jobs you interviewed for and still not being chosen for the Part is fairly high, but it's critical not to lose heart or grit as you go through this process because that could show through in your future interviews, if you're, not careful, remember it only has to happen once and it will. If you keep your head up and you stick with it, so those are my five keys to finding a job in this new year. I hope you found them useful and again make sure you check out that top video interview tips in 2020 that i made a little while back the link below is in the description section. So with that, i hope you guys have an awesome 2021. I hope you guys land that next amazing step in your careers, and i wish us all the best in leaving behind this past year and moving forward to bigger and better things, cheers . You