Monday, May 7, 2012

Have you made sure your resume differentiates you from your competition? There are some imperative things to do.

We all know the job market is more competitive today than it ever has been. More people are searching for jobs than ever in history. As a result, companies are utilizing new technology to pre-screen and disqualify resumes to reduce the cost of recruiting. As a result many resumes never get into the hands of the hiring manager or even an HR rep.

To counteract that outcome you need to learn how to differentiate yourself from your competition and get your resume into the hands of the hiring manager.

Things to do to maximize your chances of getting an interview:

Target your audience.

Make sure you pick the correct type of resume.

Make sure it is in contemporary form.

Create a crisp, concise, complete branding statement.

Make sure you haven’t incorporated ‘fluff’ anywhere in your resume.

Make it possible to read in 30 seconds or less.

Tune it to the target. Be responsive to the hiring managers’ needs - it’s all about you as it should be, but it better show how you are responsive to the job descriptions’ stated needs (the ones you know you fit). Your competition has edited his or her standard resume to reflect the title and requirements of the job description. Have you?

Develop action-packed, value-added results statements that will attract attention.

Have you used a good spell checker and grammar checker? Even if you did, have you done a thorough check yourself to find words that are spelled correctly but used incorrectly. For instance, have you ever typed the word ‘manager’ and left out the second ‘a’? It spells manger. That’s a crib isn’t it? Your spell checker had no idea what you wanted to say.

And finally, will ATS parsing software be able to ‘read’ it? There are lots of neat formatting features in most word processing software. Are you using some of them that might give ATS problems? There are also some attributes other than formatting that will cause ATS issues.

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