Are You Afraid? 4 Scary Truths About Your Resume
It's Halloween and we all know what that means: it's time to be scared.
Whether you like scary movies, haunted mazes, or a great monster mask, there are plenty of opportunities to get the heebie-jeebies this holiday. If you're a job seeker, you know there is plenty to be scared about.
In the spirit of the scary, check out these four scary truths about your resume:
1. A computer will be the first to read your resume.
That's right. The machines have taken over. Many mid-size and large companies now employ the oh-so-handy Applicant Tracking System (or ATS) to filter the extraordinary amount of applications they receive each and every day.
This software processes applicants, weeds out the under/over-qualified, and serves up what it "thinks" are the best candidates for the job. You might be the best possible candidate, but if your resume doesn't use the right terms or is unreadable, you're out of luck.
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2. Your cover letter probably got passed over.
Like icing on a cake, your cover letter serves as the introduction to your resume. A well-written cover letter will be concise, detailed, and able to persuade readers to move onto your resume.
In a recent survey, 83 percent of employers admit to reading your cover letter in less than a minute, if at all. Even though many employers want to see a cover letter, they aren't reading what you have to say.
3. The tiny details really count.
Let's say you're given five apples to choose from. Eachlooks pretty much the same, but you have to pick the one that is the best for you. You're going to have to look pretty close to figure out which one is the best.
It's the same for just about any employer right now. Tons of great candidates are applying for too few positions, making the hiring process a whole lot more competitive. The way you write your sentences, visual aspects, and other completely random, minute details are being taken into account.
4. An unsolicited resume won't get you far.
With more job seekers and fewer open positions, many people are turning to the unsolicited resume. This technique involves sending a resume to a company without any request, job posting, or hint. In a recent poll, 44% of employers say they will call unsolicited resume senders back, but usually with a "thanks, but no thanks".
What do you think? What solutions do you have to offer to job seekers facing these scary truths? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Sean Weinberg is the COO and co-founder of RezScore, a free Web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes - instantly. Also the founder of Freedom Resumes, Weinberg has dedicated his career to helping job seekers write the best possible resumes. You can connect with Sean and the RezScore team on Facebook and Twitter.
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