Calling All Recruiters — Is Anyone Out There?
You’ve applied to dozens of job opportunities online and no one is responding. Is it your timing? Your résumé? Read on.
January 17, 2008
by Deborah Walker, CCMC
Online job services were meant to automate the job search process, getting jobseekers in front of prospective new employers faster. How well is it working for you? If you’ve sent out dozens of résumés and gotten little or no response, it probably feels like you’re sending your résumé into vast black holes. Do you feel like shouting, “Hey, is anyone out there?”
If so, here are three tips to help you improve the odds of having your résumé seen by a real person who can offer you a real job:
With the paper résumé a thing of the past, employers use “candidate tracking databases” to store your résumé. Recruiters and hiring managers use key words to query and find the candidate résumés that match the job. If you aren’t using the right words to describe your employment experiences, then your résumé might be rejected before it’s ever seen. Review the key words your résumé uses to:
If your résumé can’t be opened as an attachment, then it can’t be seen. Because of the threat of computer viruses, many companies only accept résumés through their own online forms, which ask you to cut-and-paste (rather than attach) your résumé. Make sure you are sending your résumé in a format that will work for the recipient.
With hundreds of candidates to choose from, what makes your résumé shout Pick me!? If your qualifications are similar to or equal to the vast majority of other candidates, employers will need a compelling reason to select you out of the crowd. You need a differentiating edge, or you’ll be ignored.
The best way to differentiate your résumé from others is with accomplishments. And those accomplishments really stand out when:
While the Internet is still a great tool to connect quickly with employers, you need to take steps to ensure your résumé won’t be ignored. Before you apply online again, use these three tips to make sure your résumé gets the attention it deserves!
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Deborah Walker, Certified Career Management Coach, helps jobseekers coast to coast navigate the Internet by staying abreast of the significant technical changes that affect online job-search strategies. Visit Deb on the Web at http://www.AlphaAdvantage.com.