Does anyone else remember the days when you could walk into the personnel department of a company advertising in the “help wanted” section of the newspaper and get hired on the spot? The proliferation of staff recruiting companies that came into existence once businesses realized they could save money by outsourcing the service put a kibosh on that possibility. Not long after that came the capability to submit resumes over the Internet and the game was over.
According to Hire Consulting Services, thousands of resumes can show up in an agent’s inbox and yours has to be something special to stand out. The agency points out that when looking for a job, you must approach a recruiter from the perspective that you know they are not trying to find you a job, but rather they are looking for good people for their client. The companies that hire recruiters to find their personnel are in the business of making or saving money, not creating jobs.
You look more professional if you are currently employed when you apply for a new position. Guaranteed, if you are unemployed the agency will begin to press you for the reasons you left your last position, even if you were downsized. In general, keep an eye open for other opportunities while you are still working. You never know what might appear on your horizon. If there are gaps between jobs you’ve held, be sure to clearly explain them.
Add an Executive Summary at the top of your resume that gives a synopsis of your career history. You may not have 100 percent of the qualifications being requested, but if you can show from the get-go that you are an excellent candidate willing to hit the ground running, the recruiter will be encouraged to read on.
An article in Forbes promotes quantifying your work in previous jobs you’ve held. This means it’s not good enough to get a letter of recommendation from an employer saying you were an asset to the company. Details such as precisely how much money you were able to make or save for the company and how you did it are what matter. Recruiters are impressed by quantifiable data more than words.
Send your resume in response to positions where you know you can add value and have an impact. Add a cover letter stating why you can do this. Remember that recruiters have a very specific mandate from their clients. Clearly define how you can make or save money for the company looking to hire. Point out any unique accomplishments that make your work better than other candidates with the same job title.
Your cover letter should also include your preferences and/or willingness to relocate. It should also state your realistic salary expectations.
The main body of your resume should give a brief description of every company you have worked for indicating for each the type of industry, market specialty and company revenue. This will make it easier for the job recruiter to assess the scope of your experience.
Last, but not least, take care of the nitty-gritty details like running your resume and cover letter through spell check. Make sure your contact information is displayed prominently at the top of the page. Keep is concise; job recruiters like it short and sweet.