The Resume Template
Getting Started
Your Accomplishments
Fill In the Template
Saving as Text
The Importance of the Keyword Search
Stupid Email Tricks
Signing Up for Job Sites
Keeping a Log of Your Job Sites
Posting Your Resume to Job Sites
Further Resume Examples


The Mechanics of the Job Search, Week 1
The Mechanics of the Job Search, Week 2... and Beyond
Handling the Job Offer


The Mechanics of the Job Search

Monday - Day 1:

Go to Monster and Dice - do their profiles, post your resume, sign up for notifications, and apply to jobs. Make note of keywords that are asked for in jobs that you may have, but that are not listed in your resume.


Tuesday - Day 2:

Create profiles, sign up and post on the next five smaller sites. Add these to your log. Go to Monster and Dice - look at open jobs and apply for all that are even close. Note: Never psych yourself out of applying for a job. The worst that an employer can say is "no". Moreover, if you haven't applied for it, you definitely won't get it. If a recruiter calls and tries to put you into a particular job, but you think it's a stretch - agree anyway. They may know something you may not. On the other hand, the employer may not want to pay full market price for someone experienced, so they are suggesting you because you would work for less than an expert would and you can be trained to do the work quickly. Recruiters make their money by selling you, so they rarely waste time promoting candidates that are not an easy sell to the employer.


Wednesday - Day 3:

Sign up with five more sites. Add these to your log. Go to Monster and Dice - look at open jobs and apply for all that are even close. Respond to e-mailed job notifications. Go to the five sites from the previous day and apply to open positions. Some of the sites you have to go to (like Monster), some you can just respond to the mailings (like P.J. Scout).

Whenever you see the same job posted multiple times through different recruiting agencies, go ahead and apply to all of them. Since most of the recruiters are not very technical themselves, some may disqualify you as not having all the keywords and others will present you. Some are perceptive enough to understand what in your experience can translate and when the client is asking for one thing but really needs another.

Don't let someone screen you out that doesn't have the power to say "yes". Recruiters are all trying to place candidates they think will sell the best. Maybe the hiring manager will have a different perspective on your qualifications.


Thursday - Day 4:

Sign up with five more sites. Add these to your log. Go to Monster and Dice - look at open jobs and apply for all that are even close. Respond to e-mailed job notifications. Go to the ten sites from the previous days and apply to open positions.


Friday - Day 5:

Sign up with five more sites. Add these to your log. Go to Monster and Dice - look at open jobs and apply for all that are even close. Respond to e-mailed job notifications. Go to the fifteen sites from the previous days and apply to open positions.


Saturday - Day 6:

Sign up with five more sites. Add these to your log. Go to Monster and Dice - look at open jobs and apply for all that are even close. Respond to e-mailed job notifications. Go to the twenty sites from the previous days and apply to open positions. Take the keywords from your notes list and update both Word and text versions of your resume. For example, note whether or not programming positions seem to be asking for lots of HTML, or conversely, web developer positions seem to be asking for a lot of C++. Update your resume to reflect this.


Sunday - Day 7:

By now, you have added twenty-seven sites to your log, noting which ones have an option to reactivate your resume(s). Go to each site where this is applicable, starting with Monster and Dice, and then make a minor change to your resume(s) on each job board, and reactivate it wherever possible. Try not to settle for "refreshing" or "renewing" your resume, because it will show the original date of posting. You always want to appear as new as possible. When accessing each site, be sure to update to the latest copy of your resume (corrections, additions). Respond to any e-mailed job ads.

Proceed to Week 2.


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