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Online job services were meant to automate the job search process, getting jobseekers in front of prospective new employers faster. How well is it working for you? If you’ve sent out dozens of resumes and gotten little or no response, it probably feels like you’re sending your resume into a vast black hole. Do you feel like shouting “Hey, is anyone out there?”
With paper resumes a thing of the past, employers use candidate tracking databases to store resumes. Recruiters and hiring managers use key words to query and find the candidate resumes that match the job. If you aren’t using the right words to describe your employment experiences, then your resume might be rejected before it’s ever seen. Review the key words your resume uses to:
If your resume can’t be opened as an attachment, then it can’t be seen. Because of the threat of computer viruses, many companies only accept resumes through their own online forms which ask you to cut and paste (rather than attach) your resume. Make sure you are sending your resume in a format that will work for the recipient.
With hundreds of candidates to choose from, what makes your resume shout “Pick me!”? If your qualifications are similar or equal to the vast majority of other candidates, employers will need a compelling reason to select you out of the crowd. You need a differentiating edge, or you’ll be ignored.
The best way to differentiate your resume from others is with accomplishments. And those accomplishments really stand out when:
* They are quantified or measurable. Can you define how much you accomplished in dollars saved, contracts won, or percent changed?
* They highlight your transferable skills. Can your skills be used by this company, even if your job experience is in a different industry? Transferable skills help employers visualize you in their organization.
* They show corporate impact. How can you help them save time, save money, increase their profit margin, improve sales, or increase revenue?
While the Internet is still a great tool to connect quickly with employers, you need to take steps to ensure your resume won’t be ignored. Before you apply online again, use these three tips to make sure your resume gets the attention it deserves!
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