Current wisdom suggests that your best strategy for getting interviews when applying online is to apply quickly after an announcement appears. Many recruiters establish an arbitrary number of applications to be reviewed because no one has the time or the inclination to review thousands of resumes for a single position. So what typically happens is that the first 200 or so will be selected for scrutiny and a number of those will receive invitations to interview. The balance of the resumes remain in limbo.
What does this mean for you? Plan ahead. Be prepared; be ready to apply when that perfect opportunity presents itself. Keep a list of current accomplishments and update your resume periodically so that you aren’t caught flat footed. If you need professional help, research and qualify a career professional before your need is immediate. Why create stress for yourself or generate a hefty “rush” fee?
You are CEO of your career. Lead wisely.
Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC