Dear Job Hunter,
I am an employer. I am the one who decides if your resume gets read and gets you an interview. I would like to give you some information that will make your life easier and mine as well. So you probably want to know if there are there any magic tricks for resume writing that can get you an interview?
Maybe there are no hocus pocus waves of a magic wand but there are some powerful methods for getting noticed and called for an interview. You don’t need anything up your sleeve, no incantations, no fairy dust, and no rabbits to perform these resume writing miracles. Here is some personal information and requests from me and other HR personnel and employers to you, the job hunter.
Most job candidates submit cover letters that make HR personnel want to quit their jobs and resumes that keep Aspirin stock high. Let me help you get smart about resume writing. The first thing we employers want to see is a cover letter that is grammatically correct and actually says something exciting. Get our attention in your cover letters and make us want to read more about you and make us want you.
I like to see cover letters that address me by name, tell me why you are writing to me, why you are qualified for the position you are seeking, something special like an extra or desirable skill I requested in my job posting, and how to contact you. Telling me you are available for an interview on certain dates and requesting a meeting can motivate me to contact you if your resume meets the criteria for the job.
Your resume writing must include the skills, talents, abilities, and the knowledge we are seeking. What we are looking for is no mystery. All this information is available in job postings and advertisements. The more skills you have that match what we want the better chance you have of getting an interview. Include all the matching skills you have in your resume and highlight the important ones in your cover letters.
Make your resume easy for us to read. A short summary of skills section is great. Then please list your job history by employer, position, title, and the dates of employment for each job. Tell us about the skill-sets you obtained or utilized at each employer. Please create a statement for each skill about how you used the skill on that job to benefit that employer.
Look at our job posting and make note of the specific keywords we have used for the knowledge, skills, and abilities we are seeking. If you use the same words our scanners will select your resume for us to read. Exclude listing tons of common job responsibilities and duties and instead describe your on the job experience. We do like to see numbers that show the results of your performance whenever possible. Days, weeks, years, months, money, increases, savings, profit, percentages and so on work well. Do not make these up or exaggerate about these statements as we do randomly ask previous employers to verify statements you make on your resume.
Now here is a tactic that can get you more job interviews than any other applicant. Follow up with us. Not just with an email every week asking me if I filled the position yet but send me a personal snail mail inquiry, write a thank you note, update me about your status, inquire about new positions, follow me on twitter, comment on my blog, call me on the phone. Keep your name in front of me once or twice a week and soon enough I will not be able to ignore you. Your name will come to me when I do have another open position or sooner or later I will want to meet anyone who is so persistent. And if you do wear me down or even if you bother me I just might call you in for an interview just to put a stop to it! Then you have a chance to shine.
Phil Baker is the creator of the OneClick Cover Letter Creator SoftwareÂ ProgramÂ (a ridiculous easy to use, yet effective software that creates cover letters tailored to your needs) which you can visit here, or you can read my review of it here, but he also has a tremendous website, www.ResumeDictionary.com.Â Resume DictionaryÂ might just be the best, free resume resource site out there – jammed with great information and tips on getting your resume water tight and rocking.Â
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