Job hunting tips in a recession – #4, especially when submitting a resume on SuperBowl Sunday

scottbivium-logo-finalHistorically, one or more of the big online recruiting services (Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, Dice.com, The Ladders etc) spend a mint advertising during the SuperBowl. In the midst of a recession, how can you help make your resume stand out over the hundreds and many times thousands of resumes that come in during this upcoming week? Tip #4 for job hunting in a recession:

Don’t even consider sending in your resume that you have not spent the time customizing to the particular job that you are applying for. A candidate I worked with put it like this “I went from sending 25 standard resumes a day down to 2 or 3 customized resumes daily. I added industry specific phrases that might be included in the job posting, keywords, etc. It was not uncommon for me to take up several minutes to respond to a job posting. This yielded quality over quantity and a higher response rate.”

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