5 ways to get your resumé noticed
Is job hunting more difficult than ever before in our lifetimes? That’s hard to answer, but the anecdotal evidence points to the affirmative: Procter & Gamble received 1 million resumés for 2,000 job openings in 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The moral of the story: You have to work at getting noticed in this weak economy. Fortunately, some small steps can make a big difference when you apply for jobs:
Beat the crowd.
“If someone receives 700 resumés, yours should be one of the first five sent in,” says Becky Shokraii, University of Phoenix School of Business area chair at the Sacramento Valley Campus. “Your resumé will have a better chance of being seen and read.
“By the time the recruiter looks at resumé 656, his eyes are going to be glazing over,” she adds.
Tailor your application to the job requirements.
Your resumé should be very clear and concise about the job you want. The one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. “Articulate what your objectives are,” Shokraii encourages, “instead of throwing a net out.”
Look for every angle.
When you see a job posted online and the directions ask you to send in your resumé to a general email address, be sure to take other steps as well. Research the name of the hiring manager and the contact in human resources, and send them your resumé directly.
“Find a real live person that you can send your resumé to,” advises Craig Southern, area chair in the School of Business at the University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus.
“Your resumé is going to go through an automated vetting process that may not kick out your resumé or may kick it out with 10,000 other qualified candidates. They may tell you that you still have to go online to register, but they now have your resumé on their desktop.”
After you send in your resumé, start making calls and sending emails to let the recruiter know you’re interested in the position and would like an interview.
“Most people just wait for someone to get back to them,” says Randy Miller, vice president of career counseling at Phoenix Career Services. As a talent recruiter, he always thought that candidates who waited to check in were making a mistake, he says. “The ones who got hired were the ones who called and followed up.”
Reach out to those in your network.
Miller says there are many ways that networking with people face to face and asking for their business cards can come in handy when you’re job hunting. For example, if you see a job opening at a company in which you have a contact, you can ask that person to hand-carry or email your resumé to the hiring manager, Miller explains. “It gives you a competitive advantage.”