Are you wondering why you haven’t received a phone call from any of the hiring managers to whom you submitted your application papers a couple of weeks ago? Are you thinking about what and where you may have done wrong? Well, maybe it’s time that you put the blame on your resume for it may have not helped you in any way.
As the competition in the job market becomes tighter from time to time, the recruitment process applied by businesses also becomes tougher. Therefore, jobseekers ought to consider submitting an application document that can help them outshine other job candidates. In the end, they will be able to realize that their effort really pays once they secure the desired posts.
Got an idea on how to start creating an exceptional application? Heed the following tips:
Content Really Matters
First and foremost, aspirants should always pay attention to the summary as it is the first thing that potential employer looks into. It must be something that can grab the attention of the reader. It has to be impressive and should include the necessary sections and powerful keywords that are related to the field or industry being applied for.
Are there such powerful keywords for resumes?
Yes, there are. And they can be found in various parts of the copy:
- Qualifications Profile or Summary of Qualifications. This section summarizes the skills and experiences of the candidate in four to five sentences, either in narrative form or in bullet points. Each description must have words that can further convince the reader that the applicant is the most qualified candidate for the post. This can be done by simply putting personal descriptions, skills, values, and interests that may be regarded as industry-related.
For example, if the applicant is interested to pursue a managerial post, he/she may make use of the words or phrases like management, creative strategies, a leader who motivates members, track record of superior performance, decision-making, achieving sales targets, above-quota results, supervision, etc.
- Core Competencies or Areas of Expertise. This section, as it focuses on the strengths of the applicant, gives the reader an idea of how skillful a person is. One may write this part in capital letters.
For example, an aspirant who would like to become a program analyst may use the following as a guide:
Software Design and Development | Programming and Testing | Technical Support | Troubleshooting | Problem-solving Skills
- Professional Work Experience. When it comes to “Employment History,” job seekers ought to always remember placing powerful verbs at the beginning of each job description. These include the following: provide, oversee, determine, coordinate, direct, approve, execute, demonstrate, attain, innovate, formulate, improve, achieve, develop, launch, design, restructure, streamline, and maintain, among others.
As hiring managers are obliged to read/review a lot of job applications every day in a very limited time, they tend to skim through every page. And what they do is to look for these “keywords for resumes.” Once they get to spot what they wanted to see, then they may decide positively about one’s application.
Now, it is nice to know that rejection in obtaining an employment is not always about one’s actual qualifications. Sometimes, it can only be because of the lack of necessary “weapons” that can edge out competitors.