I routinely hear from job seekers who are frustrated by the fact that they are submitting their resumes to “hundreds” of job openings but receiving no responses – they want to know how this can be?  what can they do to improve their resume?  what are they missing? 

In response to all the frustrated job seekers out there – I have compiled my Top 5 Tips for getting your resume noticed.

  1. Tip #1: Keep it Simple

Your resume should be neatly and consistently formatted – one font style – easy on the eyes.

Don’t submit a resume that has been scanned-in / copied over and over – your resume should be in an original, clean format – if it is in Word, convert it to a .pdf so it always appears perfectly formatted for whomever is reviewing it.

Put your name, phone number and email address at the top of your resume.  The reviewer may move on to the next candidate if they can’t get in touch with you easily and by the method they desire (some like to call, some like to email).

Minimize or skip the “mission statement” or “summary” at the top of the page.  No one reads this unless it is short and sweet.  If you do include a mission statement, make sure it is in line with the job for which you are applying.

  • Tip #2: No Mistakes – No Grammatical Errors or Typos

I have several clients who will simply not consider a resume if there is a mistake – it shows a lack of attention to detail and no pride in your work.

  • Tip #3: Tailor your Resume to the Job

This is probably the most important tip!

Make sure the same buzz words used in the employer’s job description are in your resume.  For example, if the job description says the candidate must have experience with Excel, then make sure “Excel Experience” appears in your resume.  Employers today are using job boards that rely on Artificial Intelligence to sort and select resumes for them, so these key words must appear in your resume if you want it to be selected for the position.

Include a cover letter – use the buzz words here too.  Taking the time to craft a tailored cover letter (not a generic cover letter that goes out to every job posting) demonstrates you have a true interest in the job and are willing to put forth additional effort.  If you can identify the name of the person to whom the resumes are sent, address the cover letter to that person.  This too, will go a long way.

  • Tip #4: Explain any Short Stints 

No employer wants to hire someone who has moved from job to job every year or two – this shows a lack of loyalty and commitment and further indicates that you won’t stay with them very long either.  If you have had short stints and you have a good reason for each, then explain them.  A good explanation for a short stint can make a big difference.

  • Tip #5: Follow-up and Inquire if your Resume was Received

This shows a genuine interest and persistence that are good qualities in a new employee.  Sometimes resumes slip through the cracks – this is a great way to make sure it doesn’t happen to yours.

That’s it!  While these tips may require a little extra effort – they will pay off in the long run and maximize the chances that your resume is noticed.  Good luck out there!

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