Are you sending off hundreds of resumes to recruiters and hiring managers and not hearing much back in return? The problem is most likely your resume. It might be that you are not getting past the resume screening software a lot of hiring managers are now using or your resume is not set up in a way that makes it easy for the hiring manager to digest.
You don’t need to start again, you just need to make some clever adjustments to your current resume before you send any more copies out to recruiters.
5 Small Resume Changes Guaranteed To Get A Hiring Managers Attention
- Add Hyperlinks For Easy Access To Key Information
The last thing you want to do is make the hiring managers job any harder than it already is. That is the fastest way to ensure you land in the ‘no’ pile. You need to make sure that the information you present is clear and concise and that everything relevant is quick and easy to find.
The best way to do this is to hyperlink anything the hiring manager may need or want to access for more information about you. Things like your social assets, LinkedIn profile, website or blog and personal landing pages should all be hyperlinked. If you are not sure how to do any of this have a look at the post below.
- Add Industry And Job Specific Keywords To Get Past The Resume Software
Resume screening software is a reality we must deal with. Most medium to large size companies as well as recruiting agencies use it for the first round screening of resumes. If your resume is not set up to get past the software, you are being eliminated before a human being even sees what you can do. Adding the right keywords is critical.
Use a mix of industry and job related keywords throughout your resume. Search the job description for keywords and use those. Use a mix of full key words and acronyms to make sure your bases are covered. There are also other things that the software rejects like certain fonts, graphics etc… See our post below to step you through how the software works and exactly how to get past it.
- Cut Down Length To Two Pages
You may have years of experience and mountains of accomplishments to share but a resume that is longer than 2 pages is boring when you have to screen 200 of them. Unfortunately, it also shows you cannot be succinct and consolidate important information. Cut it down to a maximum of 2 pages, use the most important accomplishments and embrace bullet points to help you stay concise.
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- Spelling And Grammar Check
This one seems so obvious yet so many people get it wrong. When speaking to hiring managers I’m always amazed how many of them mention this flaw, which to me, is so easy to avoid. The solution is simple, run spell check then proof read your resume carefully. Then, ask a friend to proof read it for you, if you have succeeded in getting it down to 2 pages this should only take a few minutes.
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- Bullet Point Not Pages Of Copy
If you think about how you digest information you will quickly realise you are more likely to absorb information that is set out as bullet points than long paragraphs of copy. Hiring managers read through hundreds of resumes at once so their attention span is even shorter. Don’t make it hard for them, change your paragraphs into snappy bullet points and make your information more memorable.
By making these 5 relatively small changes to your current resume you will significantly increase your chances of getting past the resume screening software and into the hands of a hiring manager. You will also have a much greater chance that the hiring manager will move your resume to the ‘yes’ pile and finally get that long awaited first interview.
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