If you’re not making it to the interview stage as often as you would like, it may be time to revisit your resume.
Perhaps it’s not working as hard for you as it could be. Here are some things to consider.
Put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes
Look at your resume as if you were the recruiter – would you hire you for the job you’re applying for? Does your experience match up with what the employer is looking for? Are all the gaps in your work history covered? If the answer is no, it’s best to do something about it.
A recruiter will generally spend no more than 15 seconds looking at a resume. If they can’t find the information they are looking for immediately, or your resume is not presented well, chances are it will end up deleted or tossed in the bin.
Are there enough keywords?
With a high demand for jobs, many employers are now using software programs that pick up keywords as a way of reducing the number of resumes they need to go through.
To get past this filter, make sure you’ve mentioned keywords from the job ad. They need to appear more than once throughout your cover letter and resume.
Check it for spelling and grammar errors
Also ask a friend or family member to review it and provide their feedback. The more eyes that view your resume, the better it will be.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you’ve done all you can and you’re still not sure why you’re not getting anywhere, it might be worth approaching an expert in resume writing or a careers advisor for their help. If you know anyone in the industry, you could also ask them to take a look and give you feedback and advice. Most people will be flattered that you’ve asked their opinion.
If you’re not sure if your resume is the best it can be, feel free to contact us at MAXConnect. We’re here to assist at any time.