The primary function of your #resume is to pique the interest of the #employer enough to get a job interview. If you’re not getting calls from employers for more information what you have to offer, then this career tool is not doing its job for you.
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As you know, we talk about several issues with resumes that human resources professionals have seen as common hinderances. Some of these things can literally bar you from obtaining the career opportunities you want, so do your best not to make these mistakes or misuse your resume in these three ways:
1. Misspelled words or grammatical errors
This mistake can happen to the best of us, but it can be avoided by simply using the spell check feature on your work processing system and reviewing your #resumes thoroughly. If you are struggling in this area as well, go ahead and check out my resource to help you eliminate misspelled words and grammatical errors.
2. Placing dishonest information on your resume.
This misuse of your resume speaks to your lack of integrity, if you have ever considered lying on your resume. My advise….DON’T DO IT! It will come back to haunt you in unexpected ways.
3. Using the resume not specifically match targeted to position or industry you are applying.
This misuse of your resume is understandable. If you want to get the career opportunity in the right industry, your resume will need to tailored to the specific industry. If you are struggling with getting your industry specific resumes completed, check out my resource .
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Are you unemployed or “underemployed” looking for a much better opportunity and seem to be getting nowhere?
If your full time job is looking for a job…there may be some things that might be missing from your job search that could be hurting, not helping your chances of getting the job you want. I want you to know that I have been there before…literally! I know what it’s like to spend hours each day on the computer editing your resume and cover letter to fit every job you’re applying to. Each time uploading your resume to each of these companies applicant tracking system (ATS) only for the system to autofill your information in the wrong place, so you have to fix each one… Pounding the pavement to handing our resumes and business cards to every business that may be looking for your experience, qualifications and educational background…
All that effort you’re putting out…only to hear NOTHING as responses to your job search efforts is downright FRUSTRATING!!!! I know this job/career search process was frustrating for me, until I started evaluating how I was applying my efforts. I also started learning how things work from the human resources recruiters or also known as talent acquisition specialist perspective, as I gain more human resources experience. Once I realized the signs, I also figured out what to do about the signs…so let’s get into it…
Sign #1 – Your resume does not answer the key question that recruiters, company owners and hiring managers are asking after looking at your resume for 15-30 seconds…The primary questions they are asking…can you do the job you are applying for based on the information on your resume? Do you have the specific experience and qualifications to do the job well? If you’re not sure your resume answers any of those questions or recruiters, hiring managers and company owners, check out this resource to make sure your resume answers this questions right away!
Sign #2 You have only applied to a few jobs but expect to see positive results right away. First, let me say this…just like sales people have to put in the work with their sales goals completing as many sales calls, you have to complete as many applications as possible to see results. I know this sounds old school but principles are timeless. You have plant enough seeds in order for you receive and benefit from the harvest. If you only apply to three jobs in a week, then don’t expect opportunities to just automatically fall in your lap. You have to put in way more work than that to see the true benefit, especially in this job market. If you are looking for additional help with what to do to improve your chances, leave me a voicemail here by clicking the “Send Voicemail” tab on this post and I will respond to your questions within 24 hours.
Sign #3 You have not received any responses to your job applications on or offline. This sign can be frustrating but your resumes and cover letters you are using may not be fully tailored to the jobs or career opportunities you are applying. For example, you would not list the same set of skills for a construction worker job, then apply for a telephonic customer service job. The skills and qualifications you have listed on your resume(s) may not fit the jobs you are applying, so the ATS system may not even place your application or resume for the hiring managers, recruiters or company owners to even review. If you want to make sure your resume(s) and job applications are getting pass the ATS and get some responses from the decision makers, check out the tools review resource. Your resume(s) and other career tools should work for you, not against you in our job/career opportunity search efforts.
Listen, I want you to truly succeed in your job/career opportunity search, so you can find the job or career that fits you, or pays you to your satisfaction. I want to assure you that your efforts are not futile, but may just need some slight adjusting to be truly successful. If you’re looking for additional resources to narrow down what your career goals are, then check out my FREE DREAM Career Guide, to help you get clear about the career that truly fits your uniqueness. Take care and stay connected with me.
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In this new season of automation, the rise of e-commerce shutting down traditional retail stores, it seems that some of the younger generation thinks that some manual processes are obsolete. Like an old computer, the new generation want to toss out some of the old career processes and tools when they do not understand the real reasons they have been in place. We also have corporations who have embraced technology to make their lives easier as well.
The picture of a human resources clerk reviewing resumes and cover letters physically has now been replaced by applicant tracking systems. Although, the advances in technology help human resources officers and decision makers to gain efficiency when processing potential candidates for an open position, it doesn’t give the job/career applicants permission to become lazy in the job or career search process. Just like I emphasize on having your resume work for you in the job market, your cover letter is no different.
Here are three reason your cover letter still works to your benefit in the job market, if you have a strategically well written one for your desired position.
1. First, you must understand the purpose of your cover letter. The main purpose of your cover letter is to sell employers on the skills and qualifications on your resume. The cover letter is another career marketing tool for you to highlight the most important aspects of your experience directly correlating with the job/career opportunity you are applying. If you are look for help to create or revise your cover letters, resumes or other career tools, check out this resource to get the specific help you need for your career journey.
2. Secondly, most ATS require you to upload a copy of your resume and cover letter when applying for the job. The ATS may not accept your entire application because your cover letter is missing. I’ve also discussed with several human resource executives that refer to the applications where the cover letters are missing, gets pushed to the reject pile automatically. I would hate to know that you are feverishly applying to positions online but due to missing cover letter, you career/job opportunity goes down the drain of life. In other words, don’t be lazy! Get the cover letter done.
3. Thirdly, the quality of your cover letter can make or break your chances of even getting called in for an interview. Your cover letter is the first introduction the decision maker or human resources officer has of you. Make a tremendously positive impression by having your cover letter represent you well. If you are not sure your current cover letter is doing this for you, check out the career tools review resource, so your career tools works for you IMMEDIATELY!