Best practices for using your resume online are covered in this video. Stacey Gordon will also explore how to save your resume from the online black hole, where keywords should appear in your resume to maximize effectiveness and why customized resumes are so important in the online application process.
- Employers are well aware that when actively searching for a job, candidates are likely to respond to hundreds of job postings. You may be fed up with filling out job applications online, and you might not have received a single confirmation that your resume has been reviewed by a real person. But now is not the time to give up. It is, however, time to reevaluate a few actions. When applying online, it's very easy to simply submit an application, just to see what happens.
Because, who knows? You might just get called for an interview. It could happen. While it's easy to practice the submit and see approach via the internet, it becomes increasingly difficult when you have to speak to a live person. While working as a recruiter, I interviewed hundreds of professionals over the years, and regardless of the career level of the person, one thing they have in common was a desire to convince me that they were the ideal candidate for the job. But it was difficult for the candidate, because I would interrupt, and I would ask detailed questions.
And just as I would require candidates to make the case of why they should be considered for a particular job, you have to make sure your resume proves why you are the right fit when applying online. Your resume alone has to make the case that you are the ideal candidate for the job. The phrase quality over quantity applies here. Employ a little more scrutiny when applying online. Treat an online job application as if you were speaking to a recruiter, and this will force you to submit a customized resume.
Add more detail, and spend more time evaluating your skills in relation to the job. Try this, and you'll find the responses to the applications you do submit, will increase. If you're applying for a job with a large company, you may see more than one job which is applicable to you. And you think, great, all I need to do is submit one application, and then I can apply to multiple jobs. I get it. Applying online is not the way anyone wants to spend their time.
So the thought of three job applications with just one click, is extremely appealing. But I caution you not to get sucked into that line of thinking. Are you applying to jobs which are very different? You might be qualified as both a project manager, and as an accounting assistant. But if that's true, you should not be using the same resume to apply to both jobs. And be aware that it might be visible in the system that you've applied to multiple jobs within the same company.
This tells the hiring managers viewing your resumes that, one, you were too lazy to submit separate resumes, and two, you don't really know what you want to do, because you've applied to more than one very different job within the same company. If you do see more than one job at the same company that you want to apply to, remain focused and try to stay within the same job function. So that you don't accidentally give the impression that you're unsure of what you want.
An additional word of caution is in applying to the same job multiple times. If you really want to work for a specific company, and you're having a hard time finding a way in, you might want to watch the videos on finding a job, as part as a proactive job search. Force yourself to evaluate your skills in relation to the job description, and be honest as you review just how many of the job requirements you're meeting. Now, don't get the wrong idea. I don't believe that you need to meet every job requirement in order to get the job, but we are talking about applying online here.
And the more requirements you meet, the higher the possibility that your resume will make it past the online filter, and into the hands of a hiring manager.
Stacey explains what to include and exclude on a resume and how to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right format, tailoring information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Explain how to present your experience on a resume.
- Identify where spell check will not catch mistakes.
- Recognize the proper way to present your dates of employment in your professional experience section.
- Recall when you will need a traditional resume in the entertainment business.
- Explain what you could do to fill in the void on your resume when you have been unemployed for over six months.
- Name the benefits of sending a handwritten thank-you note following an interview.
- Identify some things you can do to help you identify and eliminate red flags before applying for a job.