Who’s Reading Your Resume?
by Linda Matias of www.careerstrides.com
It seems that everyone is an
expert when it comes to resume writing. If you show your resume to ten
different people, you will get ten totally different opinions. What is a
job seeker to do when there are so many conflicting ideas when it comes
to resume etiquette? Who should you write the resume for? Computer
software? The screener? The recruiter? The decision maker? The answer is
yes to all three. Your resume needs to take into consideration the
nuances of all potential readers, including computer software.
This is precisely the reason why
most jobseekers are confused when it comes to writing their own resumes.
Below is a rundown of all resume readers and how to appeal to them.
COMPUTER SCANNING SYSTEM
Most resumes today aren’t read
by human eyes, but rather a scanning system. This is how this works: a
clerk at the hiring organization receives resumes and their job is to
scan them into the computer. When a position becomes available, the
clerk goes into the computer system and keys in buzzwords and the
resumes that are retrieved by the computer are the candidates that are
called in for interviews.
How to appeal to computer
software: Your resume should be keyword rich. This will increase the
chances your resume will be retrieved.
Recruiters search for candidates
who meet specific requirements their clients (the hiring organization)
set forth. Although the recruiter works for the hiring organization, the
reality is that he or she wants to close the deal and will go to bat for
you if you meet or exceed the requirements.
The advantage of teaming with a
recruiter is that he or she will be able to provide you with insider
information. And in some cases, specific interview questions you can
expect. This type of information is invaluable.
How to appeal to recruiters:
If a recruiter has a specific job for you in mind and makes resume
recommendations, then listen to their suggestions. Once a recruiter is
satisfied with your resume, they will submit it and act as your voice
and job search partner.
A screener is someone who
doesn’t have a full understanding of the inner workings of the position.
They work from a checklist of requirements that have been provided by
the decision maker and the job description at hand. Screeners won’t have
much room to negotiate and will only approve you to the next stage if
you meet the set criteria by the hiring manager.
How to appeal to screeners:
If you know you are going to deal with a screener, study job
descriptions and draw parallels from your experience. You must connect
all the dots for them since they don’t have the luxury to make
assumptions regarding your qualifications.
Decision makers have the most
flexibility when it comes to experience and bending their own rules.
This is because they are in control. This is the reason why most career
professionals suggest you apply directly to decision makers.
How to appeal to decision
makers: Base your resume on accomplishments. Decision makers want to
see what you can bring to the table.
Resume writing is much more than
being able to put sentences together but it isn’t impossible to
incorporate the needs of all readers. In fact, integrating the
requirements of all the resume reviewers will make the resume
Certified in all three areas of the job
search—Certified Interview Coach ™ (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach
(JCTC), and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)—Linda Matias is
qualified to assist you in your career transition, whether it be a
complete career makeover, interview preparation, or resume assistance.
She is also the author of "How to Say It: Job Interviews" (Prentice
Hall, August 2007). You can contact Linda Matias at linda @
careerstrides.com or visit her Website
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