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FutureStarrA Get My Resume Noticed
Getting your resume noticed is a step-by-step process with a focus on the content you want to be read, the way you want it to be read, and the tone you want it to carry. Using these three principles will radically improve the quality of your work in the employers’ eyes. Plus, these steps are easier than you think!
The topic of getting your resume reviewed by hiring managers/recruiters is a popular one. With so many people looking for work in today’s economy, the ability to get the edge over other candidates has never been higher. Depending on the position, a recruiter/hiring manager can receive hundreds of resumes to review. That is just for one position. Any recruiter worth their salt is not actively working on just one opening. There is unfortunately not enough hours in the day to give each individual resume the time they deserve to be reviewed. As a candidate you need to do your part to make sure you are getting your resume to the front of the line. Here are 5 ways to help in that process:
For larger companies this may be a little more difficult. A quick call into the company saying “Hi do you have this persons email address? They asked that I send them some information however I misplaced it” will do the trick. Most receptionists don’t think twice about giving out emails because it isn’t as intrusive. Direct contact with the hiring manager or recruiter will get your resume a closer look than applying with the masses. (Source: theundercoverrecruiter.com)
We are looking for the keywords that stand out as it pertains to our job description. As a result you should make sure those keywords are made perfectly clear on your resume. If you’re applying for a job that requires Java, Python and C++, these skills should not be nestled somewhere deep in your resume. Under your “technical skills” section they should be one of the first few bullet points. Read the job description thoroughly; recruiters and hiring managers will tell you which skills are necessary to be qualified for their openings. Make sure your resume reflects that.
I have to constantly remind myself that not everything I do will yield positive results or impacts. I had to, not once but twice, significantly downsize entire workforces. While this will always be an unfavorable experience, it’s made me a more well-rounded HR professional. Negative or difficult situations you’ve faced fortify your skills and build resilience. Even though you may think your negative experience is embarrassing and won’t add value to your resume, this can stand out for recruiters. It’s even likely the hiring manager will ask you about difficult situations, how you mitigated them and the end result(s), so don’t be shy about some of the challenging and arduous parts of your roles that didn't have a positive outcome. (Source: www.forbes.com)