You have sent out more than ten resumes in the past two weeks and have zero responses to show for it. You know that the job market is very competitive, but you are beginning to worry that it is your resume and not the market. How can you tell? We suggest you use the following list of pointers to see if your resume has some weaknesses that can be eliminated.
Using passive instead of active words – one of the primary ways that you “lose” the reader of a resume is to enlist passive words to describe your education, abilities, and interests. For example, you “monitored office staff and managed schedules” instead of the far more active “supervised coworkers and facilitated all office activities”. This is a shift from black and white language to far more colorful expressions for the resume.
Failing to insert keywords – when you went searching for those ten or more jobs, did you use a specific set of keywords? Yes, you had to if you used the Internet. The next question is if you used these same keywords in the resume or executive resumes? You may be surprised to learn that a lot of companies actually search their own database for keywords in the documents received and will review only those that use the words relating to the job!
Targeted language and structure – Are you using the exact same resume for each application? If so, that may be the biggest issue behind the lack of response. Though it used to be acceptable to have a “CV” all ready and waiting, it is not the case any longer. Today’s job applicants have to use resume structure and the specific details in the document to target the attention of the reader. For instance, if you have an “objective statement,” be sure it matches the language and needs of the job. Be sure too to use your background to identify your particular strengths.
Relying on duties instead of achievements – So what if your duties included ten different things? What did you accomplish as you did them? Ask yourself this question as you create a resume. It is usually the “accomplishments driven” resume that grabs the reader’s attention and not the “responsibilities driven” list of things you did each day.
You now have a good number of items that you can use to assess your resumes. You are probably going to discover that these issues are behind the lack of communication, but if you update the document, you will start to get those calls!
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