Archive for March, 2016
As the leading resource for HR & payroll professionals looking for a new position, Willory has seen our fair share of resumes. And as we go through resumes there are things that make some stand out more than others – which is, after all the point of a resume. A resume first and foremost should separate you from the crowd and aid in landing an interview, so let’s take a look at some things you could be doing:
Content is king. Inevitably each job posting attracts hundreds of resumes. As the hiring manager or recruiter sifts through all of these HR and payroll resumes, there is only a limited amount of time that can and is spent reviewing, or in some cases skimming, each one. Your differentiators, skills, and talents need to be apparent and stand out. Your accomplishments, not past job duties, are more pertinent and persuasive. Don’t forget to use action verbs as you craft your resume!
Presentation. Yes, you are an HR and/or payroll professional and not a marketing guru – but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be exact and precise. This includes the formatting, consistency, and accuracy of your resume. If you have typos, what does that say about your attention to detail and the job you will do?
Critically important: your resume should be arranged in a manner that is easy to review. This includes choosing whether your resume is presented functionally (great for people newer to the workforce) or chronologically to tell a story of career development. Most often the best resumes combine both.
If it wasn’t for those pesky cover letters it would be easy to apply for HR and payroll jobs. Just blast your resume and sit back and wait… right? Well we know that’s faulty logic because the resume’s goal is to land an interview. The cover letter? You need that to get employers to read your resume.
The painful part of the cover letter is each should be customized and different. It’s not efficient, but it is effective if you take the time to make that awesome first impression with a cover letter crafted especially for the job.
Get personal. Look on LinkedIn and find out not only who may be the hiring manager but also if you have connections who can serve as a reference. If your connection is strong, let them know about your plans. You could even start following folks on Twitter… assuming your own Twitter feed is professional and appropriate.
Customize. It would be nice to have some sort of canned cover letter when applying for HR and payroll jobs – but it is not advisable. Customize your letter for each position. Whether you have industry experience or specific experience and accomplishments that are being asked for, craft 3-5 powerful bullets that will scream… “I am your candidate, keep reading.” At the same time, your cover letter should be approximately a half-page – keep it simple and streamlined.
Too often after you apply for an HR and/payroll job, you’re left wondering “Hey… wha’ happened?” The unfortunate fact of job seeking in 2016 is that employers are bad… check that… awful at following up. So you are left to play the “apply and wait” game. Fortunately, when you work with a recruiter like Willory, you will receive updates along the way. But if you are simply applying for positions you find online, here are some actions you can take to not only get answers, but maybe even land that elusive interview. Following up can separate yourself from the competition as it shows your interest – an important factor that employers consider.
Use LinkedIn and Your Network. Hopefully you have a robust network on LinkedIn – with people you actually know. Leverage this to find employees at companies where you apply. Ask them to contact the hiring manager and put in a good word.