The Secret of Getting Noticed by a Recruiter: 6 Networking and Resume Tips for Introverted Job-Hunters

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1. Leverage your online relationships:

You can establish a relationship with anyone in this way: get more visibility and exposure on the online to lead to real-life relationships.

Of course, the principle sounds easy but you must know how to apply it.

One of the best tools is LinkedIn. With your professional, interactive and impressive profile, it will let you create relationships with potential employers. But how do you use LinkedIn properly?

In this post, I would like to share one of the effective ways that LinkedIn allows us to build relationships -- using the "endorse" function. Everyone likes to be endorsed. This is the first step to making a strong impression on the person you want to connect.

Then positively comment on their posts, show greetings when they get a new job. For a more active way, you can be the author of your own post to attract potential relationships.

2. Get someone else to talk about you:

You can ask friends or colleagues to refer you to employers who have open positions for which you qualify. In this way, employers will have known about you before you take the initiative to introduce yourself to them.

You will create the initial trust and establish relationships more easily because they've heard of you before.

Another advantage is that you can sail through the recruitment process without taking every step. Sometimes you just need to send your CV via email to the person in charge of recruitment.

So, make a list of people who can let the employer know about you.

3. Understand the mindset of the employer:

Let's put aside shyness and focus on your self-confidence. In fact, employers need talented people. Think about this: Talented people need organizations less than organizations need talented people. So, you may approach employers as a business partner.

4. Focus on personal branding:

If you want headhunters to contact you, then what you need is a strong personal brand.

You can create a brand for yourself by using LinkedIn and other online tools. Ask for a recommendation letter about yourself. That might be from your customers, colleagues, and your boss.

The tip is to simply link your name with all the famous brands by detailing the companies you worked at before: the number of employees, net profit, partners, prizes, etc.

You can write articles on some of the websites, in popular newspapers, or interview successful people in your field. You can create your own e-books, books, audio-books, or personal website to build expert status.

5. Connect with internal people:

If you want to look for career opportunities at a company or an organization that you want to join, this is the secret.

Conduct a search on LinkedIn to find individuals who are members of the company you want to join and make connections. Then, do not ask for a job opportunity right away, but establish good relationships first. When the company has a new opening position, they may share information with you first.

6. Write a resume that attracts employers:

A resume is not a tool to tell your life story. A resume is a tool to get your interview invitation. So, a resume is one of the ways you can market yourself.

The obstacle for most people writing a resume is to know how to fully express themselves with a one-to-three-page paper. Therefore, your resume must first demonstrate skills and experience necessary to succeed in your future job.

Also, if you want to to gain a personal competitive advantage, use testimonials from other people to create credibility, mention your volunteerism, awards, achievements, etc.

Pay attention to the job description section that explains the day-to-day of your old job. Describe it in a way that is related to the next job you want to apply for. Again, think of your resume as a tool to market yourself and help you position yourself as a suitable candidate.

By Davis Truyen, MBA, Author, Certified Professional Coach
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