There have been many instances where I have been brought in for interviews because I was persistent, and continued to apply for the same job every couple months. On another note though don’t be a stalker and contact them every couple weeks to see about any other opportunities, think of these connections as virtual watchers, and they will monitor your progress over time and see you in a different light which weighs heavily in swaying their decisions. And finally, the most helpful hint in the lack of experience is to find the job, look up who is handling the recruiting for the position, or connect with someone from the company and email them… not on LinkedIn, but find their contact information and email them stating your passion, drive, and why you want to do the specific job.

I myself have had a 100% success getting interviews when emailing recruiters and stating my passion and desire for the job they have.

 Job success for dummies

Way to motivate yourself in job market

Now that we have discussed the, “lack of experience” I’d essentially like to delve deep into what I believe are key attributes to helping each of you WIN interviews. Step one is all about grammar and punctuation. I know…. You are all thinking, “I finished first in the spelling bee,” therefore, I know I can spell. Okay, that was fifth grade, and this is decade(s) later.  Spelling, Spelling, Spelling, and not Tori Spelling, but spelling is going to be at the top of the recruiters list. Therefore always check spelling, spacing, punctuations, and most importantly DO NOT capitalize your whole name or the section names, for example, “skills” or “professional experiences.”When you capitalize full words you are making a statement you are yelling it at the reviewer.  Who wants to be yelled at? Put your hands down…. You don’t really want to be yelled at. And last but not least, the format of your resume should be the same font through and through with the font being no larger than 11 or 12, except for your name which can be a max of 18, bold, and my preference is to italicize it. So take the information here, some time away from your resume document and come back to it later. Then read it over with a friend, your spouse, or parent, and see if you can locate any possible fragments. My final suggestion is to take keywords from your resume and go to thesaurus.com. Then look and see if you can come up with more suitable words that pique the recruiters’ attention. If they are intrigued they may just look up the definition and give you a call for an initial interview.

Now hiring

Step two is locating the positions you are interested in working. Then, copy and paste those descriptions into a Word document, and sift through the verbiage. Highlight in red the specific key terms that stick out. These include actionable words and phrases such as “communicate professionally” or “facilitate meetings” with cross-functional teams. Next, look at other people’s resumes on indeed.com by using the “Find Resumes” link at the top of the page and typing in the position you wish to work in, such as “HR Management.” Sift through others’ resumes to see what key terms and phrasings they are using. Once you get all that information, sit down, and see how you can integrate that information into your resume. Those keywords are going to be extremely important in making or breaking you and WINNING an interview. I am sure you hear this all the time about “keywords this” and “keywords that,” but the employers give them to you. It’s up to you to essentially find, utilize and match them up with your skills and experience. Think of it as hide and seek: the employers hide the words in their job descriptions, and you must seek them out and place those pieces of the puzzle into your resume to create a finished puzzle.

Step three:  This one is pertinent to you getting attention over someone else.  Many professional resume writers and publicists, me included, will tell you the one little secret to being noticed– bold and italicize keywords in your resume all the way down. Now don’t get carried away with this.  Try to limit to two to three bolded words per job. Also bold your key skills as well, just not too many!  Focus on the words that directly apply to the position you are seeking with that company.  If you go overboard with this aspect, potential employers may be too distracted to actually focus on your skills and experience.  Remember, bold in moderation and you will be noticed!
Before I divulge the final step, let’s recap the last few steps: handling a lack of experience, using other job boards to find comparable candidates to you, and bolding as well as italicizing keywords to gain notice.
The lack of experience piece is all about utilizing your network on LinkedIn, and connecting to like-minded individuals. Then, contact them by looking at their contact information on their LinkedIn profile, and emailing them at their business email. Ask if they can help you with some tips to getting into the industry.

Ways to search for a job

The next step guides you to look at job boards. Use them to look at jobs you are interested in, and then see if you have connections in those companies. If not, connect with some of those people, and email them about the position available. Also, utilize indeed.com to look at others’ resumes that are in your industry to see what verbiage they are using in their resumes.

Thirdly, bolding and italicizing words that are going to catch the HR/Recruiters’ attention. I don’t mean over-bolding by doing full sentences, but one word here and there is fine. This just draws extra attention to certain skills.
Step three and a half: This one is huge! Contrary to some out there who say to use only three to four bullet points for each position, I totally disagree with this, and definitely believe that if you only have a couple jobs but have 15 years of experience you should definitely be adding skills, as well many points emphasizing your responsibilities and actionable results as well. This will be elaborated on in step four.

Step four, and the final one, is to add in actionable results, like “Increased revenue by 12.5 percent” or “Limited shrink in the store by so and so percent,” but more importantly mix these in with the keywords you have chosen to bold, and traditional resume styles of stating tasks and responsibilities in bulleted lists.

Take my advice and use it. Each of these steps is broken down and simplified the best way possible.
I’m here to help you and make things easier on you! As author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar taught, “Help enough other people get what they want and eventually you will get what you want.”

  • Bolding
  • Focus on the words
  • Utilizing your network on LinkedIn
  • Add in actionable results
  • Highlight in red the specific key terms that stick out