Here’s how to help yourself get back to work:
Have you ever met someone for the first time and when you invited them to tell you about themselves, they did, in such excruciating detail that in less than three minutes your eyes glazed over and you were looking for the door?
You didn’t request their life’s story. You were looking for the summary first, and were hoping it would be relevant, interesting and memorable.
Recruiters trying fill specific jobs also want you to cut to the chase initially. Relevant. Interesting. Memorable.
Recruiters are actually eternal optimists, always hoping the next résumé will be just right for the job they are sourcing.
If you’re lucky, a recruiter will maybe give your résumé seven seconds of their time. In that time, they’ll skim about the first three-quarters of page one and decide if they are interested, or not.
If yours is yet another generic résumé focused on job duties and responsibilities for your current and prior jobs, your résumé and your hopes, will very likely die in the TBNT (Thanks But No Thanks) pile.
The solution: burn your ineffective chronological résumé and start using a functional résumé format. (We call them a Professional Profile™).
The functional résumé is flexible, built on your accomplishments, not your job duties. Because you are freed from the tyranny of a fixed chronology, you get to determine the order of the content of the first three-quarters of page one.
You can easily create a unique résumé, customized every time to the specific role and position for which you are applying. You can stand out as the ideal candidate.
To increase the likelihood of getting an interview, please take the time to complete an inventory of your most critical job skills and talents and most relevant accomplishments. Then, based on the requirements of each position you apply for, include only your most relevant skills and accomplishments.
~~~ Please know I care that you get a job. It matters to me that you get back to work.
To win the interview, your cover letter and résumé should be targeted to each job you apply for. That’s how you make yourself stand out, the way a meatball stands out on a plate of spaghetti. Creating this custom experience for a recruiter is not always simple, will take some effort and is completely worth the time and resources to do so.
If you’re tired of being the spaghetti and need some help becoming the meatball, we say:
“Think there’s no work? Nobody’s hiring? Burn your résumé. It’s time for a Professional Profile©.”
Please visit www.YourProfessionalProfile.com to learn more.