Ever wonder why it sometimes takes so long to find a job? Not only that, the wait for an interview can feel like an eternity. What is wrong with all those hiring managers? Don’t they see what a great candidate you are? Let me give you a bit of insight about how your resume is being reviewed, and how you can improve your chances of getting an interview.
As a recruiter, I look for certain keywords when I review a potential candidate’s resume, just like you do, when you search for job postings. I used to spend about 5-10 minutes reading each resume’s details. Now, I scan them for less than a minute to determine if they’re worth reading all the way through. I sift through hundreds of resumes and submissions on a weekly basis, in addition to my other duties, so the process had to be streamlined.
My mind is boggled when I come across a submission where the candidate has no experience for a position. Why spend the time applying for a position you have no skills for? Why waste the recruiter or hiring manager’s time?
Looking for a job is a full time commitment. I have done it many times over the years and have spent countless hours every day in front of the computer filling out mind numbing applications, only to be rejected. This process has taught me to be more selective. I started targeting the positions I knew I had a chance obtaining. I started shifting the time spent on filling out applications to editing my resume to fit the job description, taking care to highlight my qualifications as they related to the posting. I stopped sending out the same general resume that I originally thought would fit every position. I also added a meaningful cover letter to each submission, when applicable.
So, are you ready for your phone to start ringing off the hook with interview invitations? Remember these simple steps; apply for jobs that match your background, experience, and education; highlight your qualifications as they relate to the job description; and lastly, write a meaningful cover letter describing why you are the best person for the job.
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