Yesterday, we discussed the major components to include when writing an unbeatable resume, such as a headline, summary of qualifications (SOQ), professional experience, and education sections. Today, we´ll look at a few additional areas that can help you maximize your success when applying for jobs.
1. Salary Requirements.
Many employers now ask job applicants to include salary requirements in their applications. This is one way to weed out job seekers with salary goals that are incongruous with the job opportunity at hand. Do not exclude yourself from an opportunity by giving a specific amount that might be significantly above-or below-the prospective employer´s salary base. Instead, use the closing paragraph of your cover letter to state that you would be able to provide a salary amount when you learn more about the responsibilities involved with the job opportunity. Or, if you feel strongly that you understand the responsibilities and challenges of the position, you can suggest a salary range, with anywhere from a $5,000 to $10,000 range.
2. Spelling and Grammar.
When you’re competing against hundreds of other job seekers for the same position, your resume must stand above the competition. Sloppy spelling and grammar mistakes can be the reason for a hirer to reject your application, even if you have the right experience and skills for the position. Have someone you trust read your resume and cover letter before you send them to a prospective employer. Even the best writers in the world have editors proofread their work.
Put yourself in a hirer’s shoes. If you have two resumes from two different candidates with equally impressive skills and accomplishments, would you rather hire the person who has emailed you twice reiterating his interest, or the person who has not followed up? Chances are, you would choose the person who has followed up on his application since he seems more interested in the opportunity. This is exactly what hirers say. A week after you’ve applied for a position, send a follow-up email (or telephone call) to ensure the appropriate person has received your resume and to reiterate your interest in the position. If you have not heard back from the hirer two weeks after submitting your resume, send a second follow-up email or call. Even months after submitting your resume, you would be genuinely surprised at how many responses you will receive from your follow-though.