You know what is happening? Your resume is bullying you as not fit for the job. As soon as it reaches the HR manager, it is saying loud and clear that you are not qualified to work there. How?
You Know Nothing about The Company
Do your homework before you begin your resume. Google the company or go visit. See what they are made of, what makes them tick. Check out their code of conduct. Are they laid back, or business stuffy?
This makes a difference in the tone of your cover letter. We all have to adjust to differences when applying to companies.
Are they social networking types? If so does your resume include your online presence?
All of this matters in today’s job hunt. Do your homework.
One of the first things it does is put what you have done for every company that you have worked for in the past in a bad light. It does not give quantity to anything. It just says: “Improved sales”, or “Developed”. But the truth is, the numbers are what get you into an interview.
Your resume should show how much sales were improved by. It should also say what you developed and what it changed in percentages. Focusing on the amount of anything that you have done will make your resume stop bullying you in this aspect. How else is your resume fighting against you?
Your Impact Not Listed
It is said that you should have bulleted points of your skills in your resume, but that does not mean you don’t include what you are good at. There are many people that can be part of a team, but not many are good at team-building.
Were you the person that everyone came to when things got out of whack, looking to you to come up with a solution? That means that you are excellent at making decisions on the fly.
If you were a manager, how much turnover was there in your department? Were employees asking that they work with you on your team? Were you in compliance with all legal aspects, and what impact did that have on your company’s overall bottom line.
These may seem like soft-skills, but they had an impact on the working environment that you were a part of. Keep a journal when you work for a company and always write down when you made a difference. Include the following:
- Specific projects and your role in their success
- Challenges that occurred and how you overcame them. Again, be specific
- Name a few objectives and how they were achieved/ what did you have to do with them?
- What did you do for the company that is ongoing and has a lasting impact?
What You Have Learned
Applicants seem to leave this out. When you go into a job you usually don’t know anything about that company. You may know skills such as Word, Excel, Marketing, etc., but overall, you know nothing about the goings on of the day to day processes. What changed from the day you walked in the door?
In your resume include your:
- Performance evaluations- getting a statement of your growth from your previous employer can be a plus.
- Talk to your peers and get peer statements to include about your strengths while working with them.
- Were you promoted during your time in your past employment? Why? What was it that was said about you?
- Ask peers what made you a good team player? Manager?
Nothing is New and Relevant
How long has it been since you had to look for a job? If it has been over 5 years, it is time to revisit your resume. If you do not know how to write this important document, you are creating your own bully.
There is nothing wrong with getting professional help with your resume. It is suggested that you either write it with a professional or study how to write one before diving in.
The reason for this is relevance. Job postings today are for the most part an online experience. You are told to upload your resume on a job site and once that is done it goes through software that many companies are using to save time.
This ATS (application tracking software) is programmed to look for keywords related to the job posting you are submitting your resume for. If there is no relevance or information is old and outdated, a hiring manager may never see your resume. It will be off into the internet black hole, never to be seen again. To avoid this, make sure that:
- The job posting is read thoroughly and you use many of the words in the job posting in your resume.
- You do not include any jobs over 5 years old.
- Only include the skills necessary for the job you are applying for.
Grammar and Formatting Bully
This must be the biggest bully of all. No one wants to read your resume if it is sloppily put together. It will be looked at by someone with keen eyes that will know if they want to read it within 5-6 seconds.
Make it stand out by design, but especially make it stand out with good grammar and formatting. For the best results look for resume writing services like http://resumescentre.com/, there are plenty of them on the web.
Have you followed exact instructions on the job posting? Did they ask for a cover letter but you thought it was something that could be left out?
Hiring managers take their time putting out job postings. If they give you instructions to follow, part of them calling you in may be part of you following those instructions to the letter. Read through job postings as least twice before developing your resume, and make sure there are no mistakes in your grammar.
Today’s smart job hunter knows that word processing software is not always foolproof. It can be accurate in some ways but fool itself in others. Get a friend to go over your resume with you, or hire an online professional service.