It was not so long ago that both the words “job” and “career” had longevity in common. While our parents and grandparents spent the bulk of their working years in one spot, today’s professionals can expect to change jobs upwards of 11 times, according to recent findings from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. With that in mind, here are 4 recruitment-savvy tips for individuals that are ready to make a career change.

 

1. Make sure the résumé reflects the position

While it may be tempting to showcase a broad range of talents, skills, and experience, remember that each employer is looking for the potential hire that will do that particular job best. This is why job-seekers should tailor their résumés for each application, highlighting the work experience and core competencies that speak most strongly to their ability to do the job at hand.

2. Network, network, network!

Now that the résumé is customized, how do you make sure it reaches the right people? Given the volume of applications most HR departments receive, a growing number have started to use word scanning technologies to do the initial filtering. What this means for job-seekers is an ever more imperative need to get out there and meet people at conferences, professional events, seminars, or even networking happy hours. Personal interaction is what often makes the difference between getting your résumé in front of the right people instead of in the slush pile.

3. Ask plenty of questions

To be clear, this does not mean that a candidate should walk into an interview without knowing a good deal about the company. But in order to ask on-point, intelligent questions when speaking with the interviewer – and this is an excellent way to demonstrate your engagement – it pays to research what you can find online about the business’s mission, values, and operations.

4. Follow up like you mean it

Another result of the substantial volume of job applications received is the ease with which even the most qualified candidates can get overlooked. Whether you take a proactive approach by picking up the phone, writing a thank-you note, or at the very least sending a follow-up email, it’s important to stay top of mind to be competitive.