The debate will always be on regarding the real unemployment rate and the official unemployment rate in the USA. As per an online article, the official unemployment rate or U-3, generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “only counts people without jobs who are in the labor force. To remain in the labor force, they must have looked for a job in the last four weeks.” But to add on this amount by accounting for “underemployed (part-time workers trying to seek full-time jobs), marginally attached and discouraged workers”, U-6 or Real Unemployment Rate accounts for the unemployed bracket in its entirety. Below is a demonstration of the discrepancy between the two rates.
(Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis )
After seeing such information, we can now gather why a job hunt is such a terror amongst job seekers. Going from finding the right resume format, editing of resume content, sending job applications to various vacancies, and then preparing for the job interview is in itself a daunting affair. And such statistics add to the stress when a job seeker does not get a job. Fluctuating employment rates is beyond an individual’s control but working on resumes formats and content, cover letters, job applications, having accounts on various job-seeking sites, and finding apt vacancies is not. Here we outline 3 Comprehensive Steps to Take You from Resume to Interview in 2020.
Elements of a Good Resume
While creating your resume, consider the following elements as vital and which should not be omitted.
- Personal Information (Name, address, email, phone contact, etc.)
- Objective (Try to summarize your goal in a short sentence)
- Work and Related Experience (full-time jobs, summer jobs, vocational activities, internships, and volunteer work)
- Awards or Recognition
- References 
Resume Templates and Resume Builders
Not only is it important to create a comprehensive resume, but it should also be visually beautiful. You can consider the following sites to find effective resume templates and resume builders.
- Google Drive – there are various styles and designs of free resume templates
- Resume Genius 
2. Job-seeking Sites
Job hunters know the value of good job hunt sites! Writing a good resume and finding a fantastic resume template is not enough. It is also essential that the resume gets its due audience. Below are notable job search or job hunt websites that help you to find jobs based on the type of job you are seeking, location, and other criteria.
- Indeed – it is a leading job site with millions of job listings as well as company websites, job boards, classifieds, etc. It also lets you make an account, upload a resume, and share a personalized resume link to employers.
- Google for Jobs – this is a job feature that is powered by Google. Job seekers can search and find jobs by simply applying to open positions directly from the Google search bar.
- LinkedIn – is the world’s largest professional networking site on the Internet. The job search site helps a job seeker to find jobs, follow companies of interest, and find contacts at employers who are advertising vacancies.
- Alumni Alliances – this is a professional alumni community that allows a job seeker to find a job by publishing a post. To do so, sign up on Alumni Alliances and carry out the following steps:
- Click on the Interest ‘Find a Job’.
- Add a crisp headline, professional summary, position, name of the current employer, relevant industry, and type of work in the form provided.
- Then upload a resume, add current and preferred location, skills, whether wishing to work remotely or otherwise and expected salary to complete the form.
- Furthermore, one has to hit publish to make the post visible to members of the alumni community who hold reputed positions and may be instrumental in recruitment in various companies around the globe.
3. Job Interviews
“How to make an impression?” or “how to pitch me to an interviewer?” are mostly on a job seeker’s mind while preparing for a job interview. A job seeker might have prepared technically for their job interview there might be some elements to keep in mind to have smooth job interview experience.
Elevator pitches are super-condensed concepts that help convey ideas and provide a brief synopsis of background and experience in order to present oneself effectively. In a job interview, a job seeker can use this concept to introduce themselves without becoming monotonous. Think of a short sentence that describes who you are and what you do.
Defining Moments and Experiences
Make a basic description of your work and achievements. Jot down the key elements that you would like to convey to the interviewer and then phrase it an interesting way. Having a story behind why you love working in a particular job description or field is useful.
Why You are Suitable for the Job
You might have been really apt at your existing job but what makes you the best option for the employer. In this section, try to find a value that you can add to the company if you get recruited.
Questions at the End of the interview
Usually, candidates tend to say no if asked, “Do you have any questions for us?” But this could be a way to understand more about the company as well as making amends if your interview didn’t go as expected.
- Look through the company website before going to a job interview.
- Find suitable questions that would help strike a relaxed or interesting conversation. For example, if you are applying for a position in the sales division, then inquire about the company’s current competition, how the existing sales staff manage to reach the set targets, whether the product prices can be discounted to attract a client and if it does not affect the product costing or overall profits much.
- Write a few general and specific questions beforehand to aid you. One way to get help in this is to connect with a member of the alumni community via Alumni Alliances who is holding a position in that company. By taking help from fellow alumni, you would be able to get some information regarding the organization’s culture and environment which could further aid in having a more productive conversation with your interviewer.
These are the 3 Comprehensive Steps to Take You from Resume to Interview in 2020. Building a perfect resume, finding a good job-hunting website, and preparing oneself extensively for an interview can increase the chances of getting a job. We would love to hear from you on the 3 Comprehensive Steps to Take You from Resume to Interview in 2020. Let us know your views through the comments section and keep updated for more blogs from Alumni Insider.