Back in 1984, 81-year old retired Chicago manicurist-turned-disgruntled old lady Clara Peller asserted that a Wendy’s Hamburger served up a comparatively bigger value by asking the fast food competition, “Where’s the beef?” Today, Clara’s iconic words could become the voice of Applicant Tracking Software which, when it rejects an estimated 70 percent of the resumes submitted because of low keyword matches against the desired qualifications or it can’t figure out the formatting, analyzes a spectrogram to generate a voice that asks itself, “Where’s the résumé beef?”
Think of a job posting as a gift. The prospective employer has literally shared with you the experience, skills, and education being sought in qualified candidates. The greater the match between your résumé and the job description, the higher the probability of being selected for an interview. And, keywords narrow the qualifying gap.
The one-résumé-does-all with the generic cover letter, like Elvis, have left the building. You have to:Continue reading FUEL YOUR RÉSUMÉ WITH ACTION KEYWORDS
Summer is synonymous with vacations, road trips, and getting away with the family. But, guess what: jobs take vacations, too, which means that June, July and August are ideal months to update your résumé and make your LinkedIn profile more searchable and compelling.Continue reading SUMMER: TIS AN IDEAL RÉSUMÉ UPDATE SEASON
Always tell the truth. Even if you make it through the Applicant Tracking Software, aka ATS, there are other credibility check-points for dates of employment, job titles, and gaps, to name just a few. Use a cover letter, not a cover-up, to address in a positive way any job candidacy issues.
Nothing tests a hiring manager’s patience more than those often seen résumé mistakes which, for just a little bit of time and attention on the writer’s part, could lower the reader’s stress level and further the candidate’s cause. Here are some of the most annoying résumé cringe factors that don’t seem to go away:Continue reading RÉSUMÉ CRINGE FACTORS
DON’T use subjective keywords like “reliable” and “hardworking.”
DON’T use creative wording and long phrases.
DON’T take a one-résumé-does-all approach.
DON’T say, “References Upon Request.”Continue reading RÉSUMÉ DON’TS
Use both spelled-out words as well as their acronyms: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
Include keywords from the job description.
Use bullets, not paragraphs, for your achievements.Continue reading RÉSUMÉ “DO’S”
The Number 5 is commonly referred to as the number of humanity. Human beings have five fingers, five toes, five appendages (if the head is included), five senses, and five major systems of the body. It should therefore be of no surprise that there are 5 résumé ground rules that you need to pay attention to:
1-The goal of every résumé is singular: TO GET THE INTERVIEW
2-The focus should be on ACHIEVEMENTS
3-You need to adapt your resume to every opportunity you apply forContinue reading RÉSUMÉ GROUND RULES