Highlight your experience
It's all about experience, according to the recruiters surveyed. 87% of them rated previous job experience as an important factor.
If you're applying for a job, it's a bit late to do anything about your past experience, but what you can do is make sure you present it in the best way. Don't just list tasks on your resume but include ways in which you have made a real impact at work.
Show you'll fit in
Beating even experience, culture fit was seen as an important factor by 88% of recruiters (tweet this stat).
When it comes to culture fit, it's down to you to recognise and match the culture of the company you're applying to. Take your cues from the interviewer to decide how formal or laid-back you should be.
When asked about the most effective source of quality hires, 76% of recruiters said referrals (tweet this stat).
This has been the case for a long time and doesn't look set to change, so leverage your network wherever possible. If you know someone at the company you are applying to, mention it when you contact the recruiter.
A whopping 92% of recruiters said they use social media in the recruiting process and 56% of recruiters view it as an effective source of quality hires (tweet this stat), so make sure you are active online.
But make sure you are doing it right. Sharing details about volunteer, professional, or social engagement work is viewed positively by 76% of recruiters. On the other hand, proofread before you post. 72% of recruiters say spelling and grammar mistakes create a negative perception.
Skip the job boards
Only 37% of respondents saw online job boards as an effective source of quality hires (tweet this stat).
You definitely can get a job by replying to ads, but it should never be your only resource. Try using networking and social media instead.
Now you know what is important to recruiters, you can use that knowledge to tailor your job search and application and give yourself an edge over the competition.
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