Every now and then, I work with a client who truly believes all their experiences are equally valuable in getting their next job. Sometimes, it’s hard for this person to accept that the year they taught scuba diving won’t help them in their search for a marketing job. Perhaps it should be relevant, but to a recruiter, it’s not.
Recruiters are looking for people with a straightforward career chronology that perfectly matches the job they’ve posted. So how do you show recruiters you have what they want?
Your job search is full of obstacles to overcome on your way to hearing “You’re hired!” Not least of these is the knowledge recruiters have dozens of other applicants to consider for each resume you send.
Instead of getting lost in the crowd, here are some things you can do to fast-track your resume to the top of that recruiter’s resume pile:
Here’s a plea from all employers out there to all job seekers: If you’re going to send your resume to apply for a job opening, please take the time to tailor your resume to the specific requirements of the job posting. Please!
I’ve posted two jobs recently and have been so dismayed by what I’ve received. I skim through the 2-3 pages searching for a reason why this person would be a good match for the job. In most cases, I can’t figure it out.
Unfortunately, many career centers have misinformed new graduates regarding what a resume should look and sound like—so entry-level resumes tend to be plagued by bland resume formats and poorly-written, outdated objective statements.
Instead, a young professional’s resume should communicate how you can assist the employer with meeting their needs…
As a current student, recent graduate or entry level job candidate entering the job market for the very first time, you are probably also getting ready to write your very first professional resume.
As you sit at your desk with an empty looking document staring straight at you, I bet you’re thinking the same thing that millions of other entry-level job seekers have all thought at some time:
“Where do I start… and what do I do first?”
Last week, a recent college graduate sent me her resume to get my input. As a journalism student who majored in advertising, she’s looking for jobs where creativity is key.
Overall, her resume nailed it: unique and a bit edgy. To the traditional resume reader, this resume would drive them nuts! However, because it breaks a few rules of resumes, it stands out from all the rest…