Listen, I’m not an expert in job searching so I'm going to guide you to some experts. Indeed helps people find jobs all day, every day, even on weekends and holidays. They have written a great Essential Job Search Guide on how to get yourself set up for success.
Even though I am not an expert, I have found a few jobs in my time. Here's what has worked for me:
What has worked for you? Please share your best practices.
+1 on the Tailor your resume
But go further and make sure you tailor it to the actual job description.
It's very obvious when someone has, or hasn't, tried to match their resume to the job description. So many people create a resume once and then spam it out to lots of companies. It's very obvious.
Remember, most initial screenings of a resume are done by HR, who may not know the role as well as the hiring manager. If your resume doesn't tick enough boxes in the job description then you're out, and the hiring manager will never know you applied.
As a hiring manager I've often had to pick from a poor bunch of applications. So that little bit of effort will likely get you to the next stage in the process. I.e. an interview. And if you get there, you've got a great chance of getting the role.
And I agree. Less is more. 2 sides of A4 MAXIMUM. And not densely written. It should be as scannable as a well structured web page. Don't put all the detail in there.
Agreed @JMcJohnston! Make sure you're matching the language of the job description. Those adjustments will make it easier for the recruiter to find those keywords and easier for you to stand out.
I know there's debate about cover letters but I like to read why people are applying to a job as well as why they think they're a good fit for a role.
As a former recruiter, it was shocking to me that people didn't take the time to proof read their resumes... let alone cater it to the actual job description. Wanted to expand upon some of your bullet points from the perspective of a former recruiter:
If your job has been affected by COVID-19 and you need help sprucing up your resume or want any interview coaching, feel free to private message me 😁Good luck in your search!