As far back as you can remember in your job search you needed a resume and cover letter. Today, despite what you hear about Web 2.0, social media, online job sites; despite what you hear about the current economy, job losses, record unemployment rates, a 1.3% job growth rate and despite what you hear about developing a personal brand, you still need a resume and cover letter!
Your resume is the basis for all of your job search actions and most often you will not send it without a cover letter. Yes, gone are the days of simply applying for a specific advertised position, hand delivering or mailing your resume and cover letter, followed up with a thank you letter and then sitting back to wait for the phone to ring. Today, you need to do this and a whole lot more if you are going to get noticed in an extremely competitive job market! You will need your resume perfected and ready at the click of a button on your keyboard. Your success in today’s job search market will also be influenced by whether or not you can answer YES to the following questions:
Do you have a significant google ranking? Do you have a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, Monster, Workopolis, Naymz, Xing, Plaxo…….? Are you involved in professional networking organizations? Have you told all of your family, friends, acquaintances, neighbours, social club members and anyone else you can think of that you are looking for a job? Are you on Facebook? Have you established your own unique personal brand?
Much more is needed to succeed in today’s job search market but the actual foundation is still your resume and cover letter!
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