A resume gets you a job, right? Nope, not that simple…a good, well-written, error-free resume may get you an interview. Emphasis on MAY! The Hiring Manager/Recruiter/Employer read every resume. ‘Fraid not.
A recruiter friend once told me that she gets 300 unsolicited resumes per week whether or not there is a position advertised. These are by snail-mail. About their careers area for the website, she didn’t know exactly but 1000/day is a guesstimate on the conservative side.
This same recruiter whittles the resumes pile down by tossing them down the stairwell and the ones that make the last step get read! Is she overlooking some excellent candidates? Of course. It’s an employers’ world and they call the shots.
So, how do you make sure your resume is working?
Ask yourself if it is clear about what your experience offers the employer. How you can be of benefit to them? Are you getting responses? Interviews? Although it’s far from the only reason that you didn’t get the interview,, sometimes your resume needs a little tweaking.
You should have a person, not in your field,read your resume. You, too, read your resume and have a spell-checker/proofreader look it over as well. You might get it critiqued by a professional career coach.
Resumes, on the average are given 3-7 seconds for someone to make that decision to interview you or not.