A winning resume must concisely highlight your aptitudes and specific measures of success through effective, targeted, and well-organized content delivery. Other elements like cultural fit, presentation of soft skills and transferable talents, keyword alignment, and cross-functionality must not be overlooked to position you as the perfect candidate: an proficient, solutions-driven leader and team player with vision, creativity, longevity, and abundant potential.
In addition, online platforms such as job boards, career and recruiting sites, social media, and applicant tracking systems (ATS) have a substantial impact on the success of your job search from a technological perspective.
Did you know?…
Resumes are the beginning of being hired…
250 resumes are received on average for each job post
2 minutes or less account for the time a hiring manager reviews a resume; recruiters glance over a resume for just 7.4 seconds
78%+ of internal/external referrals lead to hiring, social media networks provide 58% of hire, direct applications represent 46% of hires, internet job boards have a hire rate of 37%, and mobile career boards provide only 19% of hires
42 days is the average amount of time for a company to fill a position, from posting the job to accepting a hire; candidate interviews are generally first scheduled within 2 to 3 weeks of posting the position
87% of hiring managers place the highest emphasis on previous work experiences; 87% of recruiters remember a candidate’s enthusiasm
2 pages is the ideal resume length
Technology plays a large role in the hiring process…
75% of hiring and talent managers use recruiting and/or applicant tracking systems (ATS)
33% increase in hiring chances occurs with proper use of keyword alignment
Using the language of the job post increases a resume’s chances of passing through ATS scans
75% of resumes are discarded by automated software
92% of recruiters look at an applicant’s social media pages (87% of which head to LinkedIn first)
43% of recruiters like resumes as Microsoft Word documents for compatibility and editing
(the above statistics are from “60 Job Search Tips That Will Get You Hired,” https://careerswiki.com/publications/job-search-tips/)
So, how can you tweak your resume to find success?…
Align with the job post: Make sure you highlight accomplishments and deliverables that are relevant to the job post, clearly showing how you would successfully impact the company.
Illustrate with numbers and results: Illustrate your achievements and get them noticed by using exact quantities, metrics, and percentages; put this information at the beginning of each bullet so it stands out.
Avoid overdoing jargon and acronyms: Recruiters and human resources professionals may not be experts in the industry at hand, so also spell out field-specific acronyms and ensure that industry-specific terms have transferable meaning. Include some to hit critical keywords while extending universal meaning so your resume isn’t unintelligible to a third party reading it first.
Proofread: Take great care to avoid any grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. Action verbs can increase your chances of hire.
Include keywords: Keywords are important to have throughout the resume, whether it’s scanned by software or the human eye. Be sure to start impressing early on so that the rest of your resume is read.
Consider technology: Save and send your resume in the format requested by the recruiter or hiring manager to ensure it opens properly; for example, some will request a Word document (saved in Word 97-2003, “.doc”), and others will require a PDF format (a locked document). Applicant tracking systems (ATS) usually prefer a Word 97-2003 document. Many companies have ATS software that could use an update, and they may not be able to scan images.
Start with a cover letter: Make sure it is appropriately addressed and offers a quick overview of the position and what you bring to the table.
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