What do the following things all have in common?
- Tying a shoelace,
- Corking a wine bottle, and
- Pouring a bowl of cereal
They all take six seconds to complete. You may be thinking “What do these have to do with resume writing?” Well six seconds is all the time you have to make a positive impression on a recruiter reading your resume.
What then do recruiters look for in that six seconds? They look for your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates. This information is key to making a judgment on whether or not the recruiter can visualise you as their preferred candidate. Therefore it is imperative that all of this information is laid out clear and concisely. If this is not the case and the recruiter is overwhelmed with irrelevant and poorly formatted information, it is likely your application will end up shoved to the bottom of the pile.
We have had clients approach Harvest in the past for resume checking services, with severely outdated and unorganised resumes, one client in particular not having updated her resume for 15 years. This may often be the case for job seekers who have held positions for extended periods of time.
In the case of Trudy* who had not updated her resume for 15 years, she urgently needed to refresh and reshape her resume in order to appeal to recruiters for a role she had not worked in for over 10 years.
Understanding the competitive land scape of the position is also important. The larger the pool of candidates, the more likely it is a recruiter will scan through resume’s instead of carefully reading over their content. Under these circumstances it is vital that the resume makes a point early on and punctuates key skills, qualifications and experience directly linked to the role you are applying for.
Having revised her resume, Trudy was one of eight candidates to receive an interview for her second application from a candidate pool of 120 applicants. The feedback given to Trudy on her cover letter and resume was that it was easy to read and allowed recruiters to pick out relevant information quickly. This gave recruiters the confidence that Trudy would be a great candidate for the position.
While not successful in this stage of interviews, Trudy later submitted another application for another role. After not receiving any feedback or an interview offer Trudy proactively contacted the employer to check that they had received it. It had been that case that there were over 200 applicants and the recruiter had not had the chance to complete a check on all of the applications. The recruiter conducted a phone interview on the spot, which landed her a position of their casual employee list.
If you are struggling with the application process, why not contact Harvest Human Resources for assistance with your resume and cover letter so you too can make a positive and professional first impression.
Find out more information about Harvest Human Resources Career Coaching services visit www.harvesthr.com.au or call 1300 363 128.