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Getting Your Resume in Front of a Hiring Manager

Suzanne Lucas, better known by her Twitter handle @RealEvilHRLady, aptly articulated a continual problem with job searching in the electronic age in a recent article, “Your Resume is Not the Problem.”

Sitting behind your computer and zapping your resume to dozens of black hole websites has a low likelihood of landing you an interview; you need to get your resume in front of a real person.

Where to start?

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Tweeting Your Way Through a Job Search

It’s harder to get noticed among the virtual resume pile these days.  If you’re looking for new tactics to get yourself in front of recruiters and hiring managers, consider the Twittersphere.

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What’s Your Objective?

Current wisdom is that your resume should not include an objective statement.  And yet, I still see them.

At best, an objective is a waste of space and adds no value.

To obtain a position as a financial analyst with XYZ company.

(No kidding.  You’re applying for the position, so I would hope that getting the job would be your goal.)

At worst, it can sound like you’re looking for a date.

Experienced equity trading assistant seeking a position with a respected  financial services organization.

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Finding Job Search Equilibrium

“Getting laid off was one of the best things that ever happened to me.”  A VP once said this to me as she handed me a pink slip.

Yeah, right.  I’ve been laid off three times.  No matter how prepared you are, it’s a lousy feeling.

Let’s face it, it’s hard to look for a job.  All those judgments.  All that disappointment.  All the waiting.  The strange thing is that – like so many things – I got better at being unemployed by changing both my attitude and my tactics.

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