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What to Do With Your Resume After You Create It

Once you've written your resume, make sure you have the who, how and when of submitting it down pat.

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By Ho Lin 5 minute read

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You’ve been working hard to write a resume that is the most professional representation of your qualifications you can create, a resume you’re proud of and know will land you the job you want. But what do you do with this great resume now that you’ve built it? Here are some tips on how to get the exposure you need and get the job you want, namely submitting your resume in the right place, promoting it online, and being proactive to get the job you want.

Create a professional website to host your resume

These days, more and more potential employers are conducting searches online to see what kind of talent is out there. In order to get your name in front of those employers, consider creating a professional website they can find. You can post your resume on your own professional website and then use tags and keywords to get your website to show up in search engine results. You can even use a free website service that will get you better search results and get your resume seen.

Submit your resume to a job board

There are a wide variety of job boards on the internet where you can post your resume in order to get it seen by thousands of potential employers around the world. Set aside a day or two to fill out profiles on internet job boards, and then post your resume to those online boards. As long as you fill out your profiles completely and follow the instructions to post your resume, you will boost your chances of being seen by recruiters and talent scouts.

Bring your resume to job fairs

Your resume is your most powerful marketing tool for your job search, but it is only powerful if people see it. After you have put together a resume you are proud of, print up several copies and head out to as many job fairs as you can to start giving your resume to people who are hiring. You can significantly increase your chances of getting hired by submitting your resume directly into the hands of hiring managers at job fairs.

Visit companies you want to work for

Your resume can be your ticket to the job of your dreams if you just get that resume into the right hands. Instead of calling up companies you want to work for and hoping that you get the right voicemail, you should print out your resumes, put on your interview suit and start paying personal visits to these companies. The worst-case scenario is that the receptionist tells you they are not hiring and turns you away. But some companies will want your resume and you may even get an interview or two.

Until you get your resume into the hands of the right hiring managers, you won’t be getting the most out of it. Once you’ve created your resume, it’s important to let it work for you. Follow these tips to submit your resume to the right places, use it to build out your online presence, and get it in the hands of top potential employers. The result? A better chance you land your ideal job and advance your career.

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WRITTEN BY Ho Lin

Ho Lin is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and editor with two decades of experience in content strategy, creation, and development. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and his background includes experience aiding military veterans as they transition to civilian careers.

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