company decides to invest thousands of dollars into finding the perfect
employee for a high paying position, they expect to interview the best of the
best candidates – and only the best. A recruiter’s job is to filter through and
present those applicants to the employer.
and more developed technology, and an increase in population, the amount of job
seekers out there are likely to continue exceeding the number of job
opportunities for many more years. Technology has not only reduced the number
of job opportunities greatly, and as time goes on this will continue, but it
also plays a major role in the process of hiring.
It’s not out
of the ordinary for recruiters to receive hundreds of resumes for one position,
and as a result more than 70% of employers and recruiters have decided to use
Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software to sift through and locate the most
all this, job-seekers frequently seem to underestimate the importance of their
resume. Many job seekers seem to believe that because their unfocused, default
resume worked for them 5 or 10 years ago, it will work for them now.
Unfortunately for them they could not be more wrong.
you avoid these mistakes:
Many of the old resume templates were designed
within tables. These tables may make the resume look great when it’s printed,
but all the content disappears when it’s uploaded into the employer’s database.
Never put your contact information in the header of
your resume. Headers can’t be uploaded and as a result you may never be
contacted for an interview.
Your resume must be specific for each job (i.e.
sales, accounting, HR, etc.). Each resume needs to include the most searched
keywords for that particular industry. In this case you’ll need more than one
resume if you are applying for more than one type of job.
Don’t create a bullet point list of daily tasks as
recruiters will already know what the general responsibilities are. Instead, try
to use numbers when presenting your accomplishments (i.e. dollar amounts and percentages).
This shows both your level of responsibility, as well as the level of success
that you had in that position.
Don’t send your resume in a .pdf, .gif, .jpg or
.odt file. A lot of the older ATS systems can’t read them. It’s best to use a
.doc or .txt file.
Nowadays you can’t afford to have anything less
than a fantastic resume. If you aren’t proud of it then don’t bother to send it
off. No matter how qualified you are, recruiters aren’t going to risk their reputation
with an employer over a poor resume.
recruiters judge candidates based on their education, work experience, and the
length of time spend in unemployment. So employed candidates would be considered
“A-level” candidates; “B-level” candidates have been unemployed for less than
90 days, “C- and D-level” candidates are much less sought after and a lot less
likely to have their resume sent to employers at all.
not seeing any results with your resume then you need to seek professional help,
and the longer you stay unemployed, the harder it will be for you to find a similar
job (compared to your last) with a similar salary in your field.