Getting Past Resume Gate Keepers

Just a reminder that we are in the biggest hiring period of the year, especially for new grads! Managers are beginning to list more jobs and the interviewing pace has picked up. But, as mentioned in our last update, there are more candidates are on the market – so the jobs are filled quickly, and the competition is stiffer.

 

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This no time for the faint hearted, budgets have been approved and the jobs that are available are part of a company’s long term strategy, so there will be competition. You also need to get by a natural adversary, the resume gatekeeper, whose sole purpose it appears is to decide whether your resume will be seen by the hiring manager.

A few tips to get past the resume gate keepers:

1. Do not address a resume to: “To whom it may concern”, the answer to that intro is – nobody. Use Dear Hiring Manager, Dear Recruiter or the person’s name if available, or a simple Hello, I am seeking a………. position (add the remainder of your cover letter here).

2. If you are going to be a Confidential Jobseeker please indicate that you are actively seeking a new position, somewhere prominent in your application. Confidential resumes are generally less likely to be read, the word confidential can be off-putting to a manager, so you must make the extra effort to invite them to read your resume.

3. When posting your resume on the job boards, follow the job application directions when applying for a position, before calling a recruiter. You cannot charm a busy recruiter, no matter how great your phone skills. A recruiter will do a better job at qualifying you if the resume is at hand and the is information is in a format they can use.

What does all this mean – create fewer online applications and do them properly, follow-up a day or two later with a mid-afternoon phone call.
This could just be your year!!!!

Franklin Paterson Resumes – October 21, 2019

 

 

 

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