Calling All Recruiters — Is Anyone Out There?
Online job services were meant to automate the job search process and get job seekers in front of prospective new employers quicker. How well is it working for you?
November 17, 2011
If you’ve sent out dozens of résumés and gotten little or no response it probably feels like you’re shooting your résumé out into some vast black hole with no recipient at the other end. Do you feel like shouting, “hey, is anyone out there?”
To better the odds that a real person who can offer you a real job is seeing your résumé, here are three strategies to make your résumé more effective:
With paper résumés a thing of the past, employers use candidate tracking databases to store résumés. Recruiters and hiring managers use keywords to query for appropriate candidate résumés. If you aren’t using the right words to describe your employment experiences, then your résumé may be rejected before it’s ever seen. Review keywords 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 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 set your résumé apart from others is with accomplishments. And those accomplishments really stand out when:
While the Internet is still a great tool for job seekers to connect quickly with employers, take steps to ensure your résumé won’t get ignored by employers who need your skills. Before you apply online again, use these three tips to make sure your résumé gets the attention it deserves!
Deborah Walker, CCMC, is a Career Coach helping job seekers compete in the toughest economy. Her clients gain top performing skills in resume writing, interview preparation and salary negotiation.