How to Start Your Perfect Resume
by Resume Digest on 22 Apr 2013 permalink
Starting is the easy bit. How is it going to end is what matters. Have you ever considered the situation from the employer's point of view?
There is a myth out there in job hunters land that all you have to do to get that dream job of yours is to sprinkle a bit of resume magic on your application and you will be called for an interview the next day.
Just compare it to a dating site for a moment. You have precious little idea who else is out there applying for the same job and what sort of relevant skills they have. You know it is so easy to apply for a job online now. Just hit the send button and your resume lands in someone's inbox out there.
If there is so much competition on the candidates' side guess what the employer is going to do? Raise the bar so high that only a manageable number of people will be called for an interview.
The stark consequence for you mere mortal is this: unless your application is a perfect match for the job description outlined in the advertisement you do not stand a chance. So here is the paradigm shift to dispel that resume myth once and for all: You have to work hard to line-up your experience and work history to fit the must-have requirement for the position.
We have moved from perfect resume to perfect match. Welcome to the real cyber age world of online recruitment. So before you hit the send button there is quite a bit of work to do on your part. The reason you can't reuse the same so-called perfect resume of yours is that the goal post shifts from one job vacancy to the next.
Because of the financial downturn and the resulting vast supply of job hunters, employers can afford to be very picky as to who they might hire. They have spent a fair bit of time designing their ad. (For them it also doubles as a public relations exercise "Did you notice so-and-so is hiring right now?")
How would you rate 200 resumes crashing in your inbox as to their relevance to the position advertised? That's right: whoever fails to deliver on the must-have features for the position will be discarded. Hopefully we wan to trim it down to a manageable shortlist of 10 to be called for an interview. That's a mere 5% of folks. That means 95% of job hunters are wasting their time aiming at everything in sight but never getting their foot in the door because they don't even match what is being asked.
Do not despair. Smart job seekers are using an online tool to roll out a perfect match to the position they are going after. It's called Resume Digest
Also you might want to check Aptitude Tests an online service to prepare yourself for aptitude, knowledge and IQ tests which you are sure to encounter before or during the interview.
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