Real-life advice from a real-life recruiter

You still haven’t gotten an interview, huh?  Maybe it’s your resume. Yes, something as simple as a poorly written and targeted resume will keep you from receiving an interview. If you have been sending out the same resume, to every job you have been applying, I would make a bet that the issue is your resume.

Let’s talk about resumes.

The first, and most important, fact is… Your resume needs to be based on the job in which you are applying for. So, for example, if the job posting uses the word “manages” use the word “manages” in your resume.  “Managed a diverse team of 30 individuals on Project X.” If the job posting uses the word “leads” use the word “leads” in your resume.  “Lead a group of peers on Project X.” Get the picture?

Secondly, only include information that will support you qualifying for the job you are applying. For instance, if you have an objective of getting an accounting role and you are applying to be a restaurant manager, this will not help you get an interview.

Next, try to present everything as clearly and concisely as possible. Sure, if you are a genetic scientist and have a CV a mile long, you may not be able to do this. But, generally speaking, most folks can keep everything to one or two pages. You want the recruiter scanning your resume to be able to capture your experience in one glance. Notice I said the recruiter scanning your resume. Time is very important. Recruiters will not dig into your resume to figure it out.  Nor will they assume that you have the specific, unique, skill that you know that you possess. No one has that kind of time. Make it easy for them to see the shining light of your experience.

Lastly, it’s experience that counts. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the experience at another paying job or volunteering your time. Volunteering is a great way to gain needed experience.

Comments on: "Still Haven’t Gotten That Interview?" (3)

  1. peacebetween said:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for this post. It’s actually quite helpful. I was just curious if there is anyone specific at Eat ‘N Park corporate that I could contact to follow-up about my application for a Graphic Designer position. I submitted my resume about 2 weeks ago, and wasn’t sure where they are in the application process.

    Thanks!

  2. peacebetween said:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for this post. It’s actually quite helpful! I was wondering if you knew of any specific person I should be reaching out to from Eat ‘N Park corporate about my recent submission of my resume and information for the Graphic Design position in Homestead. I’m not sure how far along they are in the application process (I only submitted about 2 weeks ago), but was curious if there’s anyone I should be following up with.

    Thanks!

    • Hi,

      Thank you for applying for the position and reaching out to me. Please contact me at 412.461.2000 extension 1249 and I’ll pass on the appropriate person’s information.

      Happy Monday,

      Jana

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