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Hereís Why Your Resume Isnít Helping You to Get Hired



A resume is a critical element in your job search. In fact, it is the key to helping you to get hired for a position. Itís important to emphasize ďhelpĒ because the resume typically doesnít get you hiredóbut it does help you to score an interview where you can then impress employers enough so that they want to offer you the job.

So, if youíre not getting called in for interviews, what is it about your resume that isnít doing the trick? Letís take a look at some of the reasons why your resume may not be helping you to get hired.

It Never Makes It Past the Scanning Technology

As a persistent job seeker, you may be aware that many companies utilize scanning technology that helps them to eliminate resumes that donít fit the criteria of the position. With so many applicants submitting resumes, it can be challenging and time consuming to sift through dozens that wonít make the cut.

The scanning technology helps to eliminate this problem by filtering out resumes that donít list specific words or phrases that align with the position. For instance, in the nursing field, you might work in a health care facility, participate in transplant procedures, or work with people with mental illnesses. If this is true, these phrases should be listed in your resume to identify you as a qualified candidate.

As you write your resume, be sure to review the job posting thoroughly for these keywords, and list them strategically throughout your resume. This way, you wonít be bypassed in the very first step of the hiring process.

Your Resume Isnít Targeted

If youíve written a resume that incorporates the correct keywords, it may just make it past the scanning technology. In that case, great job! But your work is not finished. Another reason why your resume may not be getting you any interview calls is that it isnít targeted.

A targeted resume is one that was written specifically for the company youíre applying with. If you search online, youíll find a multitude of resume samples and templates to help you get the process started. But they arenít authenticóitís up to you to create your own resume that speaks directly to a company.

So if you want to use a template for inspiration, thereís nothing wrong with it; however, you need to create your own original resume in the end. Doing so proves that your skills and accomplishments directly align with the qualifications each company is looking for.

Your Experience Isnít Convincing Enough

Another issue that could prevent the interview callback is a lack of convincing experience. You may be accustomed to listing skills but havenít shown that you were a leader who initiated projects or worked above and beyond the call of duty in your previous positions. So take time to list specific accomplishments that show you made a difference.

Once you target your resume, add keywords, and list top-notch experience, youíre on the right track. Taking these steps is a tremendous aid in getting you the interview callback.

Itís important to remember to brand your resume before applying to each new position for more information on branding check out my recent article 5 Key Areas to Target When Branding Your Resume. You can also get additional job search and career related advice by checking out our blog or following us on Twitter @GreatResume.

Posted on Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 2012 09:13:49 by jhernandez

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