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How does Someone Find You?

July 26, 2010

  

… Or someone just like you?  I ran into this very discussion over the weekend with a Manufacturing Engineering friend of mine, Bill.  A Recruiter contacted me, and asked if I knew of any Manufacturing Engineers I knew were looking for work.  I said that I’d look into it, and get back to them.  I belong to a couple of local Networking Groups, so I used their Membership Listings to locate some folks.  Unfortunately, one of my networking friends didn’t appear in my search, which I thought was very odd?  Upon further investigation, I found that he had abbreviated Manufacturing to Mfg.  And, with that, it’s that simple folks on how you can be eliminated (overlooked) as a potential candidate.   [tweetmeme source=”@Aidan_Foley” only_single=false]

Think of it like a keyword search for your resume.  If you don’t have the right words, keywords, phrase, buzzwords, SEO, etc in there, someone won’t find you, or someone just like you.

Much the way your resume may get eliminated in the early stages of the electronic down-selection process.  It’s unfortunate, but it does happen. You can’t always count on your friends to help you out either.  So, what do you do about it?  You re-assess yourself!  If you had to find “you”, how would you go about describing someone just like “you”?  This is the point where some brain-storming discussions with your family, friends, and your network could be very advantageous.  Start jotting down everything that makes “you” unique, and make sure it gets into such Membership Listings, Social Media profiles, etc.

Much like reviewing a posting for a position, you must ensure that many of your skills match what the client may be looking for.  If you are a 95% or above match, you’ll be contacted.  But, if you haven’t taken the time to tailor your resume or your profiles, and only match 65%, then you’ll be eliminated (overlooked) as a viable candidate, even though you may be the best candidate out there.

It may sound harsh, and not fair, but it is reality right now.  Do your best to become what someone is looking for, and you will be found by a Recruiter (aka, Staffing Specialist, Talent Acquisition, HR, Human Resources, Generalist, Headhunter, etc.)

Hope you enjoyed the discussion?

Aidan Foley – https://aidanfoley.wordpress.com/?s=seo

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