Career & Business Savvy
|Posted on March 3, 2016 at 10:25 AM|
Simply put, your résumé has a main intent – to GET AN INTERVIEW with a prospective employer! The résumé does not get you the job. Only you can do that. The résumé is your sole tool to get an audience with the employer or recruiter.
Some statistics show that it takes approximately ten interviews to receive one job offer. To improve these odds, your résumé must be persuasive enough to convince an employer that you are THE solution to their need. Consequently, it is essential that you help them to see you as a benefit to them.
WHAT EMPLOYERS SEEK IN YOUR RÉSUMÉ
There was a time when employers would take approximately 120 seconds to view a résumé. Today, employers need only 6 SECONDS to review your résumé before deciding whether to keep it or trash it.
To style your résumé’ so that it is competitive, plan to organize and write it in such a way that employers can read the document easily and process its information quickly:
- Qualification Summary — If your résumé has the old "Objective Statement," the employer will know immediately that it not relevant to modern résumés. Replace the Objective Statement with a Qualification Summary positioned just beneath your contact information at the top of the résumé. Your Qualification Summary should include your relevant skills, abilities, keywords, and accomplishments.
- Traditional Design — Unless you are certain that the gaining company desires fancy designs, photos, and nontraditional formats, conform to the conventional format of a résumé. The traditional format facilitates employers who know how résumés work and where to locate certain information.
- Avoid "General" Résumés — Write a résumé that relates to the position vacancy. "General Résumés" often do not work because, while they are suitable for "a" position, they are not relevant to "the" position advertised in the job posting. A job vacancy is an inquiry seeking to hire a person skilled and experienced in a relevant job. Your résumé should be the relevant response to the employer's inquiry.
- Be the Solution — An employer's vacant position is a problem to be resolved. Every aspect of your résumé should prove that you are the solution they are seeking. Ensure that your résumé reflects how you have greatly benefitted your previous employers. When your résumé includes ways that you have helped to drive revenue, reduced costs, minimized risks, streamlined processes, increased productivity, and trained others (to name a few), you will do well in reflecting that you are the solution the prospective employer seeks.