Make a great impression from the start by setting up a professional, simple email address -- a combination of your first and last name and, if needed, numbers," she says. "If you insist on keeping that old address for old times' sake, keep it solely for personal use with friends."
Adjust your Facebook privacy setting before you send out a single resume. "Hiring managers are now searching Facebook to screen candidates before and after the interview process," notes Senderoff. And the last thing you want them to see is a picture of you doing shots with your buddies, in a thong or behaving inappropriately. Therefore, she recommends you change your Facebook privacy settings to "friends only" and choose a profile picture your grandmother would approve of.
Do your homework/due diligence. "Research and know the company's basic stats (revenue, number of employees, main locations, products and services)," advises Michael McKiernan, vice president, Business Technology at Citrix. "Understanding the company's business strategy and the relevance of the IT function in contributing to this strategy... demonstrates a sincere targeted interest in the company and the IT function as opposed to a blanket 'any job will do' approach."
Optimize your resume and keep it short. "If your resume doesn't fit on one page, I'm not reading it," states Cody Swann, CEO, Gunner Technology. "As an IT hiring manager at ESPN, I got hundreds of resumes. I'm not spending more than a couple minutes on each one." Moreover, "if it's more than one page, especially for new grads, it's mostly fluff."
Another resume tip: "use basic SEO techniques to help your resume get cataloged properly and found," advises Keren Douek, founder, Viral Workforce. "Make a list of keywords recruiters might enter when searching for a job seeker like you, and make sure your resume includes as many of them as possible. Remember that only plain text will be searchable, so skip images and tables. Keep the most pertinent and compelling information above the fold, so viewers do not need to scroll to access it."