SOURCE: Chris Tidball & Associates

Chris Tidball & Associates

October 19, 2010 13:02 ET

Four Simple Steps to Getting Hired

JACKSONVILLE, FL--(Marketwire - October 19, 2010) -  With unemployment showing no sign of receding, millions of Americans remain kicked to the curb. While the odds of getting hired may seem daunting, the truth is that there are jobs for those who take the initiative, throw away conventional wisdom and follow four simple steps. 

Step 1 -- Optimize your resume. In today's tech savvy world companies utilize optical scanners and applicant tracking systems (ATS) to identify ideal candidates. Resumes should not be overly formatted as this can choke ATS software; virtually assuring you won't get a callback. When given the choice between cutting and pasting or uploading a resume, choose the latter to ensure the integrity of the formatting. 

Step 2 -- Network your way to success. Sending out resumes and waiting for callbacks all but ensures long-term unemployment. Chris Tidball, career consultant and author of Kicked to the Curb suggests, "Those seeking jobs need to utilize every networking opportunity available, from church and civic groups to online social networking sites such as LinkedIn or Facebook." 

Step 3 -- Creativity is what employers are seeking. Tidball adds, "What sets you apart from the competition? How have you made a difference in your past positions? Be prepared to have specific examples of your outside-the-box thinking that made a difference in an organization. While setting up Friday happy hours to improve morale may have been fun, it is far less impressive than the candidate who forged a strategic alliance that resulted in a multi-million dollar business deal."

Step 4 -- Don't come across as a whiner, as they invariably lose out to winners in a competitive marketplace. As businesses do more with less, they are looking for candidates who can adapt to a new, leaner corporate structure. Work weeks are longer, deadlines shorter and expectations have risen. Companies have lost patience with 'B' and 'C' candidates who drag down the organization, instead focusing on the top tier who will exceed expectations and do it with a smile on their face.

About Chris Tidball

Chris Tidball is a career coach, consultant and motivational speaker. The author of Kicked to the Curb ( is a former Fortune 500 executive who reinvented himself in his post-corporate life and now helps others do the same. 

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