How can using one resume hurt your chances?
If you’re applying to a major corporation, there’s a high likelihood that they have an advanced program screening resumes. What is it looking for? KEYWORDS! When the keyword scanner searches your resume it will count the amount of keywords that match up with the job posting, and rank you among other candidates. If you use the same resume for every job application you’re missing out on syncing up the keywords, and lessening your chance at moving to the next step.
Below are instructions on your best chances to get past the screening and land an interview:
- Open your resume and the job posting side by side
- Assess what the employer is looking for (qualifications, requirements, skill sets, etc)
- Highlight key words and skill sets in the job posting
- Include the highlighted keywords on your resume wherever makes sense
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to have the EXACT experience that the employer is looking for. Utilizing keywords will make your experience relevant to the role you’re applying for. Still scratching your head? Check out the example of a highlighted job posting for a recruiter.
Most of the highlighted words above could be worked into any resume, whether you’re a waitress, college student, or you mow lawns…you can get creative make it work!
Moral of the story: Get ahead of your competition and touch up your resume for each job application. If you have a good template, it’ll only take a few minutes of your time. Good luck!