Don’t miss the latest Career Couch
article on resume writing, what resume
submitters should do and what
resume reviewers face.
Three‘factoids’ and three suggestions
- Internet ‘black hole’
With the rise of online company job
sites, along with job boards, it is
easier than ever to apply
for a job. It is much harder for a
resume to be noticed.
- ‘…average Fortune 500 company
receives nearly 2,000 resumes’/day.
- ‘…job seeker has …five seconds of
the recruiter’s eye to make a case
to be hired.’
And maybe not even that. Many
companies now use word-scanning
technology to help them winnow
out unqualified candidates. If a
resume does not include certain key
words, it lands in the trash.
- Resume must make it through
automated scanner technology. Resumes
must be “keyword rich”… Make sure
your resume contains many of the
same nouns and verbs that are
listed in the ad or website.
- Pay attention to how your resume
looks on the screen. Send it to several
colleagues to see how it reads to them.
Be judicious about bold-face fonts for
emphasis and white space for readability.
Avoid underlining and italics…
- Switch from an objective to a
summary or qualifications at the
top. The summary emphasizes
the skills that the applicant offers.
Don’t forget about networking.
Q. In order to land an interview, is
it ever enough to just send a resume?
A. Almost never. “your job is not done
after you click ‘send.’ You must also
find some sort of inside contact.