Truth be told, sometimes you never hear back.
If you don’t want your resume to be overlooked (or tossed in the trash!), take a moment to screen for the following four mistakes that could prevent you from getting a call back and landing an interview:
- You don’t meet the requirements. Make sure you are applying to jobs for which you are qualified. Recruiters screen dozens, if not hundreds of resumes, a day and are not going to waste their time contacting someone they know is not going to be a fit for the job.
- You resume doesn’t SHOW what you have to offer. Give examples of your strengths, skills, accomplishments. Use numbers and percentages whenever applicable. Numbers stand out and can be used to measure your accomplishments, or to emphasize the scope and scale of your responsibilities.
- Your resume is too long. Keep it short and sweet. Limit yourself to 5-6 bullet points per job, and stick to your most recent 10-15 years of experience. (Focusing on accomplishments and skills from that timeframe will keep you relevant.)
- You didn’t cater your resume to the specific job. Generic one-size-fits-all resumes are not going to land you a job. Be sure to include keywords relevant to the job, the organization and the industry in your resume. It’s easy to tell the difference between someone who has crafted a resume specifically to a company/job and someone who hasn’t.
IMPORTANT: Easily avoided mistakes leave a negative impression and are another common reason why resumes are often ignored. Always remember to proofread your resume – and ask someone else to read it, too!
Remember, every moment you invest in editing and reworking your resume is an investment in your future.
Many recruitment agencies offer resume help to their employees. So if you are partnering with one on your job search, don’t be afraid to reach out to them for assistance.
At Masiello, we offer free resume writing workshops designed to help you avoid common mistakes and educate you on what recruiters and companies are looking for in a resume. We have several other resources available to job seekers as well.
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced recruiting team at Masiello. We’re here to help!