Customize resumes and cover letters
Let’s be honest; if your resume isn’t making it to the top of the applicant pile, there is a reason. One of the new behaviors you need to cultivate is creating a targeted resume and cover letter for every position. Your application will stand out from the rest if it reiterates important key words from the company’s mission statement and the job description.
Be the solution to their greatest need
You know that you can excel as a warehouse manager. Over the years, your safety record and production quotas have proven you are ready for the next step. Do a little research on the company you’re applying to, so you can find out their major challenges. Talk to people in your network who may already work there and find out what holes they need filling. Then, don’t just connect with the HR manager, but also the department heads. Show them that you could be the perfect solution to lagging productivity, high turnover or a skills gap.
Speaking of connecting with your network, do you even have one? How long has it been since you checked in with Bob from that customer service job you had a few years ago? What is Beverly from HR up to these days? Make time to maintain your current network and add new faces to the list. Give them a call or shoot them a message on social media. Find out what opportunities they have caught wind of and ask them to keep your name in mind if anything new comes up.
Partner with a recruiter
You may know what you want in a career, but knowing how to get it is something completely different. Job consultants, employment coaches and staffing agencies are all great resources to help you define your goals and connect with future employers. These qualified professionals can help you with resume writing, interviewing and, most importantly, making connections. (Burnett Specialists and Choice Specialists even offer a FREE resume builder!) Because of their tight client relationships, staffing firms have access to hidden opportunities you may not otherwise have.