I once got a resume that was printed on fluorescent pink paper.  It certainly stood out.  But not in a good way 🙁 .  To be fair to the candidate, they had probably been told to make sure their resume was noticed.  This piece of advice is so universal that it sends job seekers in their thousands to resume writing services in order to make their resume absolutely perfect.

It’s not a bad idea to have a perfect resume, but that is not what gets it noticed.  A recruiter or hiring manager has to have a reason to read and consider a resume.  The most common reason is that the resume has been given to them by someone they know.  Even a less than perfect resume has a better chance of success if it is from a connection rather than an anonymous job posting.

In other words, what I am saying is the resume is less important that the method of delivery.  Any job seeker should be concentrating more on networking and less on rewriting their resume a hundred times to make it perfect.

If you don’t believe me, just ask around and find out how people got their jobs, and see how many people used their network – even if indirectly to get the job they are in.  This is particularly true of jobs obtained in the last 5 years.

Fortunately, networking opportunities are much greater now than before thanks to social media.  Using LinkedIn and Facebook to network with people that can pass your resume on to the right person at the company they work for is a great way to get your resume noticed.

Contact Career Selections if you would like to learn more about maximizing your networking opportunities.

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