How To Get A Job Fast: 9 Easy (And Powerful) Steps To Stand Out From The Crowd

How To Get A Job Fast

9 Easy (And Powerful) Steps To Stand Out From The Crowd

Wouldn’t it be great if you receive an invitation to a job interview each time you apply for a job?


That would be absolutely epic, right?

But, if you rely on the same old methods to get a job, it could be one of the reasons why you’re subtracted into the same crowd and continuously being ignored by hiring managers.

In today’s step by step guide, I am going to show you how to go from a completely unnoticed job seeker to a job interview landing machine.

Let's face it: Competition is so tough that sending your resume and cover letter to desired companies is still necessary but not enough. Not even close.

Let’s explore together how to think outside of the box and weed out the traditional job hunting habits, in favor of more innovative and creative methods.

Let’s start the hunting!

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SECTION I

Resume Writing That Makes You Rock 


Writing a perfect resume or a much more compelling one is such a hard difficult task to achieve.

Your resume is the most important element in the job search equation. It’s basically meant to attract potential employers and whet their appetite to meet you in person in order to score your interview with them. (but we’ll talk about that in more details in a bit.

Before we proceed, make sure your resume is as complete and up-to-date as possible. A lack of some prerequisite information or the absence of an updated touch, could be failed resume in the first place!

What Makes An Ubeatable Resume

A good resume is one that entices the reader to pick it up and read it.


Therefore, it should be pleasing to the eye and easy to read.


Most importantly, it has to be simple, brief (no more than two pages), and at the same time, containing all the necessary information.


Remember: A good resume MUST always present you in the best light!


As experts have always a word on the subject, let’s refer to the following two examples.

Golden Rules

Don't waste the top-fold with a long-winded, self-serving promotional paragraph. It won't get read. Objective statements and overly salesy intros don't work either.

Create an "Experience Summary" that lists quantifiable skills and the key information required to even get a shot at the job.

Don't use a font smaller than 11 point or in a fancy style. Too hard on the eyes.

Mark Twain

The second expert is Lazlo Bock: SVP, People Operations at Google and author of WORK RULES!


In his excellent article: My Personal Formula for a Winning Resume Laszlo Bock highlights three key ingredients for an undoubtedly winning resume.

The main point that can be distilled from this article is this important idea:

On Eating Frogs

Write an accomplishment driven resume by using this simple formula:


Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y] by doing [Z]


Example:


Instead of writing: Studied financial performance of companies and made investment recommendations


You should write: Improved portfolio performance by 12% ($1.2M) over one year by refining cost of capital calculations for information-poor markets and re-weighting portfolio based on resulting valuations information-poor markets and re-weighting portfolio based on resulting valuations

Mark Twain

How Long Should My Resume Be?

A good rule of thumb is one page of resume for every ten years of work experience

 What Sections Should I include In My Resume? 

Typically, a resume is a one page document; therefore you can only add the following absolute sections:

  Employment

  Education

   Projects

   Awards (if any)

   Trainings

   Skills/Tools/Languages

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

 What Keywords Should I Include Into My Resume?

Have you ever heard of "ATS"?


It stands for: Applicants Tracking System, in other words it is job seekers nightmare!


According to recent studies, you only have 3% chances to get invited for a job interview because of the ATS!


Your resume will be automatically put under an automated filter before it even gets displayed in front of human eyes, and that's for a very simple reason:


It was not optimized for that specific job ads you are applying for.


The good news is that each system has its own weakness, I will show what it is.


Before applying for a job: You should carefully read the job advertisement and extract specific keywords (related to the job requirements, skills, tools, softwares, etc...) to include in your resume;


Customizing your resume to speak to the company position, keywords and job requirements by having multiple “versions” of your resume can be an effective way of tailoring your experience to a particular role or industry.


But,


I think you'll agree with me if I say that this can become tedious over time!


But what if you can optimise your resume keywords in just few clicks?


It is possible thanks to the FANTASTIC tool below:

https://www.jobscan.co/iframe?btncolor=%20

You just tripled your chances to get a job interview invitation



*Don’t worry, after a certain number of applications, you will see that your resume rocks and it is already adapted for most job advertisements!

Don't let Your Resume Looks Like Everybody Else's

3 Proven Frameworks To Writing Compelling Cover Letters


What Is The Cover Letter Main's Objective?

A cover letter is your first introduction to potential employers. It determines whether your application is worth taking it into consideration or not.

Just like the resume, a cover letter should also be concise and straightforward.

The cover letter is basically meant to convince the employer that you are the ONE to invite for a job interview!

Try to create a unique cover letter for every job application.

This is vital to attract the prospective employers’ attention. A one size-fits-for-all can never generate good results and what you will end up with is just another disappointment.

Original cover letters work great!


And because they are original, there is no specific procedure to write them.


However there are scientifically proven psyche triggers that will grant you the attention of the recruiter.


These attention triggers are:


Story Telling

Humor

Honesty


In addition to these triggers, there is another extremely important parameter that you probably never thought about:


READABILITY


How easy is it to read your cover letter? How comfortable is the reader when reading it?


Fortunately, there are free tools that can calculate your cover letter readability without breaking a sweat.


This tool shows whether your letter is at the same difficulty level of Shakespearean texts, or if a 10 years old child can easily understand it.

I’ve picked up some successful real life examples that include the attention triggers explained above Plus their Readability score.

Case study 1

Story Telling + Humor Based Cover Letter


This letter landed a recent grad a newspaper admin job.

  • Psychology trigger: story telling + humor
  • Readability score: 70.2 Good

Dear ****:

Though sorting mail and data entry aren’t ranked among the world’s most glamorous tasks, I think it matters who one’s sorting mail for. Therefore, it’d be an absolute honor to become an **** for ****.

I’m energetic, eager, willing to learn, and not above doing anything. If that’s not enough, I’ve listed some of the qualities a *** needs and explained why I fit the bill in the table below.[Ed. note: see bottom for explanation]

Attention to detail, dependable follow-through I’ve completed two journalism internships, one at a financial trade publication and the other at ***. Since then, I’ve been freelancing. Without an eye for details, I don’t get the job, I don’t get the story right, and I don’t get paid.

Good phone manner I had to cultivate a phone manner to survive telephone interviews. In fact, I’ve been praised for my telephone manner by supervisors and colleagues on many occasions.

Computer skills My parents have a shaky Camcorder recording of me at 4 playing with an IBM, and I’ve been using computers since then. In practical terms, though, I know Word (and the rest of Office), Google tricks, most of the Adobe suite (in case you need anyone with Photoshop or InDesign knowledge), and HTML/CSS. I’m more familiar with Outlook than Lotus but can use both programs.

Cheerful When I’m feeling good, I sing or hum. I sing a lot. Ergo, I’m a pretty cheerful person (and probably kind of annoying, come to think of it).

Can we schedule a time to meet in person and talk about the job? I’ll give you a call in about a week, after you’ve had a chance to look at the enclosed resume, to find out what time’s convenient for you. If you have any questions for me before then, please don’t hesitate to call me at **** (my phone number’s not local, but I am!).

Thanks in advance for your time and consideration, and I sincerely look forward to meeting with you.

And I promise not to sing.

Regards,

Source: Adweek

Case Study 2

Humor Based Cover Letter


This cover letter granted a permanent position for a French candidate in a startup company.

The truth is: it’s absolutely crazy!

Dear Alumforce team,


Passionated by digital word and media….. blablablabla blablablablablabla…competency and knowledge… blablablablablabla…since many years. Blablablablaba…


YOUR company…blabla…creative, young and innovative…blablabla…matches my idea…blablabla…my dream job.


I acquired different skills…blablabla…communication and marketing…blablabla…trainings and professional experience…blablablablabla…very motivating...blablabla…to promote your activity…blablabla…and meet customers’ expectations…blablabla…use my skills in your company…blablablablablabla.


Other elements…blablablablablabla…please be informed…blablabla…webdesign…blablabla…graphic…blablabla…events planning and professional networking.

International development opportunities…blabla…your start-up...blablabla…interetesting for me…blablabla…indeed..blablabla..my 6 months experience abroad…blablablabla…Turky…blablablabla…international profile…blablabla…very curious and open minded…blablabla…excellent English language level…blablabla…my strentghs in your company.


Listening and identifying needs…blablabla…customers…blablabla…to advise…blablabla…and negociate…blablabla.


Thanks for considering my job application, I hope I convinced you that I am really motivated to be part of your team.


I am immediately available and I will be glad to meet you for a job interview and show you “blabla” and reveal more precisely my abilities.


Kind regards,

Julien Chorier


Original letter in french

Case study 3

Honesty Based Cover Letter


The third example is that of an honesty-based cover letter which guaranteed the candidate an invitation for training in Wall street!

  • Psychology trigger: Honesty
  • Readability score: 66.3 Well done

Subject: Summer Internship

Dear ...,

My name is ..... and I am an undergraduate finance student at ..... . I met you the summer before last at Smith & Wollensky’s in New York when I was touring the east coast with my uncle, ..... . I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk with me that night.

I am writing to inquire about a possible summer internship in your office. I am aware it is highly unusual for undergraduates from average universities like ..... to intern at ..... , but nevertheless I was hoping you might make an exception. I am extremely interested in investment banking and would love nothing more than to learn under your tutelage. I have no qualms about fetching coffee, shining shoes or picking up laundry, and will work for next to nothing. In all honesty, I just want to be around professionals in the industry and gain as much knowledge as I can.

I won’t waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crapp (sic) about how my past experiences and skill set align perfectly for an investment banking internship. The truth is I have no unbelievably special skills or genius eccentricities, but I do have a near perfect GPA and will work hard for you. I’ve interned for Merrill Lynch in the Wealth Management Division and taken an investment banking class at ..... , for whatever that is worth.

I am currently awaiting admission results for ..... Masters of Science in Accountancy program, which I would begin this fall if admitted. I am also planning on attending law school after my master’s program, which we spoke about in New York. I apologize for the blunt nature of my letter, but I hope you seriously consider taking me under your wing this summer. I have attached my resume for your review. Feel free to call me at ..... or email at ...... Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Source: Forbes

Case Study 2

Humor Based Cover Letter

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This cover letter granted a permanent position for a French candidate in a startup company.

The truth is: it’s absolutely crazy!

Dear Alumforce team,


Passionated by digital word and media….. blablablabla blablablablablabla…competency and knowledge… blablablablablabla…since many years. Blablablablaba…


YOUR company…blabla…creative, young and innovative…blablabla…matches my idea…blablabla…my dream job.


I acquired different skills…blablabla…communication and marketing…blablabla…trainings and professional experience…blablablablabla…very motivating...blablabla…to promote your activity…blablabla…and meet customers’ expectations…blablabla…use my skills in your company…blablablablablabla.


Other elements…blablablablablabla…please be informed…blablabla…webdesign…blablabla…graphic…blablabla…events planning and professional networking.

International development opportunities…blabla…your start-up...blablabla…interetesting for me…blablabla…indeed..blablabla..my 6 months experience abroad…blablablabla…Turky…blablablabla…international profile…blablabla…very curious and open minded…blablabla…excellent English language level…blablabla…my strentghs in your company.


Listening and identifying needs…blablabla…customers…blablabla…to advise…blablabla…and negociate…blablabla.


Thanks for considering my job application, I hope I convinced you that I am really motivated to be part of your team.


I am immediately available and I will be glad to meet you for a job interview and show you “blabla” and reveal more precisely my abilities.


Kind regards,

Julien Chorier


Original letter in french