Resume Digest - Current Trends In Resume Writing
"I have the sneaking suspicion there are people out there
who get called for interviews ahead of me
and I don't ever know why I'm missing out..."
"I kept using the same resume for years,
just adding my last job at the top of the list
- until last year it stopped working altogether..."
"The functional format is paramount in matching
your work experience with the skills called for in the ad."
"Employers see scores of applicants.
Being average doesn't cut it anymore.
What is your Unique Selling Proposition
to get you hired?"
"It's not what you've done that matters -
it's how you can sell it to a prospective employer."
"Everything you claim must be truthful and verifiable
but there is no need to dwell on your failures.
Your experience, skills and attitude is what's on offer."
"Every claim you make or achievement you mention
must be substantiated."
Ever wondered why you can't land an interview after sending all those resumes? Do you have any idea what you are up against? It's not luck. It's not the economy. Somebody did get that job. Why was it not you?
Recruiters are baffled at the onslaught of half-baked resumes that land into their inbox. They are wondering if people actually read the job description in order to match their skills with what is required. Why do people persist in blasting the same resume to every job post in sight like trying to fit square pegs into round holes?
Being ignorant of your competition is no excuse and it will cost you dearly. How many good jobs are you going to miss before you change your strategy? Think of the damage to your self-esteem if you throw away your career goals and are just switching to survival mode. How do you think that will come across in the interview?
What if you could tailor each resume you send to target specifically the recruiters' demands? Research shows that the 20% of people who take the trouble of rewriting their resume to match each job application are actually grabbing 80% of the jobs on offer. If you don't expect to get a job on compassionate grounds why are you behaving like you are begging for it? Do you have any idea how applicants are being screened down to a shortlist for an interview? Do you expect recruiters to spend half an hour reading your 5 pages life essay to figure out if you have the skills they are after?
Think about what it would be like if you had the choice of several good offers instead of falling for that one lousy job you are forced to take just to pay the bills. Your resume is your sales brochure in the job market. You are unique. Likewise employers are no philanthropic organisations. They have the choice to hire and fire to keep their business going at top performance. If you want to be part of their success you have to demonstrate you can blend into their corporate culture but also pick up the ball running. Any claim you make must be substantiated. Your unique resume will arouse their interest in order to be called for an interview.
Be pro-active and take advantage of this proven web resource to make yourself stand out from the crowd of other applicants. If recruiters today are using software to screen candidates you should not be left behind in leveraging technology to apply for the job you deserve.
What if you could...
"Your resume is your sales brochure in the job market."