JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With an uptick in the economy, executives could be on the hunt for new jobs when the New Year rolls around.
"I believe that 2017 will be a year filled with hope and optimism for job seekers," said Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, an award-winning resume writer and president of Great Resumes Fast, based in suburban Jacksonville. "Most everyone experiences excitement at the beginning of a brand new year not yet filled with mistakes or regrets. And for those starting off the New Year job searching it's going to be a great year filled with opportunities."
According to the 2016 Recruiter Nation survey just wrapped up by JobVite, 69% of recruiters reported their hiring increased this year and almost 40% cited it increased significantly. Additionally, 35% of recruiters are projecting they'll be hiring for at least 100 new positions this year, up from 26% last year. These numbers are even higher for three fields seeing the greatest growth right now: technology, healthcare, and finance with more than 70% reporting hiring increases.
Hernandez, who guarantees that her resumes will result in job interviews, said: "It's not just the increased hiring; combine that with amplified job seeker optimism (50%), the lowest unemployment rate since 2008 at 5%, and recruiters predicting a talent shortage for 2017, which means employers will be competing for you - the job seeker. With all this in mind it's time to take a serious look at your resume and raise the standards for your 2017 job search."
Here are three tips from an article she wrote to help guide you in writing a competitive resume that gets interviews:
- Address Culture Fit Immediately
We don't talk about culture fit much when it comes to resumes because we're always giving advice about keywords, formatting, branding, and career experience. However, in the recent JobVite survey mentioned above, second to job experience (67%) recruiters rated culture fit of high importance (60%) when making a hiring decision. Your resume and cover letter are the best place to start emphasizing your cultural fit for the organization. How do you find out what the company's culture is like:
- Talk to current employees and managers.
- Review the company's website.
- Facebook & LinkedIn are perfect places to follow the company to learn more about its culture
Once you've learned more about what the culture is like make sure you take the opportunity to explain how you're a good fit within the culture of the company. You can do this through relevant examples of past experiences or by telling them in your cover letter why you're a fit. Recruiters also said the number-one way they evaluate culture fit is communication style. Keep that in mind when you are writing your resume, and cover letter too.
- Visuals Are Important
Visual representation of data is becoming increasingly needful, even on resumes. Our brains process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. Our society as a whole is becoming more visually dependent. I encourage you to be ahead of the curve when it comes to communicating with visuals—because this isn't going away in our increasingly technology-dependent society.
As a side note, visuals do not incorporate well into applicant tracking software, so if you're applying online use your ATS version. Try not to put all your job search eggs into the online job search basket, though, since the results are much less impressive than referrals, networking, being promoted from within, and tapping into the hidden job market.
- Follow Up!
Following up on your resume is key. The majority of job seekers, no matter how they apply, never follow up on their resumes. If the majority of candidates never follow up with the recruiter, then you have the advantage by doing so.
"As the old adage goes: Out of sight, out of mind. You don't have to follow up every day or even once a week, but checking in periodically could prove beneficial to your job search," she says.
To read the rest of her tips, click this link.
Hernandez is a passionate advocate who provides inspiration and encouragement for her clients. More tips about job search, personal branding and cover letters are available on her website.
About Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast, a 10x award-winning executive resume writer, and Reach Certified Social Branding Analyst. Jessica was recently named 2016's Best Resume Writer by Resume-Help. She also was named best IT resume writer in 2016 by Resume Remodeler.
She works with busy executives to create interview-winning resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles that open doors to dream opportunities.
For more information, go to www.greatresumesfast.com
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
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