Have you ever wondered why some resumes get more attention than others? What are hiring managers looking for anyway? Is it based on their mood, their expertise, or whether they are in a hurry or not? You do have to wonder why sometimes a person gets chosen over another with seemingly equal experience and education.
Firstly, consider what is in your resume. Is it eye catching? Boring? Have too much information?
Does it clearly communicate the message you are trying to send?
What kind of picture does it create about you?
If you were the hiring manager, would you be lost in the sea of words that are found in your job descriptions?
Writing a resume can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially when it's your own. It's difficult to say good things about yourself or describe your most valuable assets.
Take a moment and think about the top 5 skills you have, the top five that help you get the job done, get that promotion, get those employees in line or keep expenses down.
What are they? Operations Management? Personnel Motivation? Monitoring Expenses & Accountability?
Showcase those qualities, the assets that give you an edge over others, as well as make sure to show the reader, aka, the hiring manager, that you ALSO have what they are LOOKING FOR. Yes, that's right, what they are looking for. I'm not implying to fabricate any skills, only to make sure you are letting them see that you are the number one candidate.
For example: If they are looking for a person who has experience in hiring/firing, sales and marketing and invoicing, why not tell them you have a history working with personnel in all aspects, advertising and billing if that is in your work profile?
When you line up your skills with their requirement, AND show them quickly that you are a perfect fit, then you are increasing your chances of landing in the "yes" pile.
So when you get a call for an interview, do your research, know what the job requires, all the ins and outs. At the interview make sure to convince them you have the skills, know-how and willingness to learn anything you do not presently know.
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