Do you wonder why your job search is not getting results? There are many possible answers and sometimes it's a combination of things. Let's talk about the resume you submitted. That is completely within your control.
Your resume is an advertisement and should be written like one.
Sure, it's about you, but it's also about what the buyer needs. In this case there's only one buyer, the specific hiring manager of the job you are applying for. So make sure you understand his or her pain, the problems that need to be solved.
Studies show that resumes that win interviews are focused on the hiring manager's needs, not the candidate's. That's just logical isn't it? In your advertisement, write about the results of your work that are relevant to the hiring managers' needs by focusing on the results of your work, preferably quantified. Write about how the things you did helped the company you worked for.
Since the key is the hiring manager, not some company recruiter who is not the decision-maker, why not turn the hiring process around? Find out who the hiring manager is and speak directly to him or her before submitting your resume. This gives you the opportunity to edit your resume to be responsive to the specific hiring managers' needs. In other words, edit your resume for each position you apply to. Yes, that's a lot of work, but if you don't do it, your competition will.
My most successful clients follow this process. Does it always work? No. But it beats applying first and hoping for results. There are several reasons why it works:
It establishes a rapport with the hiring manager.
It demonstrates initiative and action.
It enables editing the resume to properly focus on the needs of the job.
It makes enables focusing a cover letter on the conversation with the hiring manager.
It achieves competitive advantage.
The savvy job seeker will try to reach out to the real hiring manager before applying for the job.