July 29, 2011

Category: Smart Spending

Build A Résumé That Gets The Job

If you’re unemployed or under-employed, the reason might be closer to home than you think.  Hiring managers are often busy running departments, cutting costs and doing a number of other things to increase the chances of keeping their jobs.  So, it’s no surprise they don’t spend a lot of time mining résumés for the talent they need.  


In a perfect world, managers would spend hours on end reading over the thousands of profiles they receive each week.  That’s right, companies get tons of résumés for each position they post online.  Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world and the process of selecting the best and the brightest is also far from perfect.  There just isn’t enough time in a day to properly review all of the profiles.   

The way most potential candidates are selected for interviews is pretty much a hit or miss undertaking.  Most companies use search firms, sometimes less than qualified human resource personnel and dated strategies.  Sifting is one of the most utilized methods, meaning someone actually takes a huge stack of profiles, glances at each of them, makes a split second decision then tosses most of them in the trash.  The ones that catch the sifter’s attention get put aside for a second look.  The sifting process might be repeated many times before they’re comfortable with the qualifications of the remaining applicants.   

  What are talent hunters looking for?  

  • Personal Objectives that get you noticed
I am looking for a supervisory position that fits well with my skills. (Or) I am seeking a supervisory position that maximizes my experience in the industry, proven ability to adapt during difficult situations and my determination to succeed.  
  • Be Specific
Highlight your skills rather than the duties you performed and make sure they are pertinent to the job you’re applying for. Your qualifications should closely mirror the job requirements written by the employer.  I’m not suggesting you be dishonest, just more descriptive.  (You will benefit greatly by having more than one résumé)  
  • Frame Your Accomplishments
Don’t just list your prior responsibilities, also share your successes.  It’s not viewed as bragging when you explain how productive you have been for previous employers.  Inform the talent evaluator (sifter) how your actions resulted in profits or a better way of doing business.   If you saved a company money, explain how much and over what time period.  Every sifter wants to find candidates who can effects a bottom line.  If you improved a process or service, list it and improve your chances of getting hired.  
  • Use High Impact ­Words ­
High impact words will get your profile a second look.  Managed, Created, Supervised, Energetic, Flexible, Motivated, Experienced, Dedicated, Committed, Fast Learner, Capable, Eager, Willingness to Learn, Team Player etc.  
  • Make Every Word Count
Less is better.  When there are too many words on a page, it becomes very difficult to pick out the ones that matter.  So what generally happens to an overwritten résumé,  it is very likely to be tossed out.   

Grammar check and spell check your résumé several times before you submit it for a job.  If you aren’t thorough enough to perfect your own profile, company sifters know you’re not the candidate they’re looking for.   

Always keep in mind when tweaking your profile that the company talent evaluator hasn’t met you.  Your résumé is the only thing they have to go on.  Make yours stand out and stand above all the others.  Good luck!