Gain a competitive advantage in the job search–it’s not about grades

73% of HR professionals… feel that job applicants do a “bad job” of tailoring their resumes to specific positions…. Only 28% of candidates said they always customize their resumes for a position, which means the majority of candidates are not taking advantage of the opportunity to highlight their most relevant experience.

… keywords are a must with 63% of HR professional respondents who reported that job applicants do a “good job” of including relevant keywords in their resumes.
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The average corporate recruiter manages approximately 20 to 30 open requisitions at a time, so when hundreds of applicants apply to a company posting, that person can only spend less than two hours per position to review applications even if he works a 50 hour week…. If recruiters on average only get to the first 10% to 12% of applicants, the closer you are to the top, the more likely your application will be noticed.

“Whether it’s meeting at a networking event, making an introduction via LinkedIn or having a friend recommend you, networking is your ticket to better job seeking results,”

In this age of social super-connectedness, nothing trumps a warm in-person personality (so make a phone call!)

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Google HR Boss Says 58% Of Résumés Get Trashed Because Of One Spelling Mistake

Google HR boss Laszlo Bock likes to cite a startling figure: 58% of résumé s have typos.

“Typos are deadly because employers interpret them as a lack of detail-orientation, as a failure to care about quality,” he says.

For Google — a company that sees 50,000 résumés a week —  the typo is one of five résumé  mistakes that will immediately land yours  in the “no” pile.

Yet the mistake doesn’t stem from laziness, Bock says, but obsessiveness.

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I don’t make this stuff up: Engineers Need to Know How to Write

Engineers Need to Know How to Write

“As a practicing engineer, you will need to write reports, proposals, scientific papers, and electronic messages. Writing is perhaps the most important way in which you will convey your ideas to managers, other engineers, and customers. Your communication skills will therefore determine how successful you are as an engineer, perhaps even more so than your technical expertise.”

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