12 Ways to Ensure That Your Resume Gets Read
The average corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes, according to the employment website Glassdoor. With that kind of volume, it’s little wonder that most resumes get looked at for seven (7) seconds or less.
If you think it's time to change your job, be sure to learn to increase the odds that a hiring manager will pay attention to your resume long enough to appreciate what you have to offer.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to make sure your resume gets read. Study these suggestions before you reply to another job listing.
Tips for Editing Your Resume
You can make your resume stand out from the crowd. Review it carefully before you start your job search and update it at least twice a year or after any major achievement.
Use these strategies:
Tips for Making Sure Your Resume Gets Read
Keep in mind that your resume is just one ingredient in a successful job search. You need to maximize the rest of your strategy too.
Try these techniques:
Even if you're a star performer, you will need to know how to make your resume stand out. Learning about what employers want to see in a resume and making it easier for them to recognize your value will help you to land more interviews and job offers.
An independent recruiter, recruiting agency, or executive search firm is charged with tracking down excellent potential candidates for available job openings. Even though there are many people seeking to change careers or looking for better jobs after the pandemic, it often seems to a typical recruiting agency that qualified men and women are few and far between.
Here are six easy tips that recruiting services, staffing firms, or executive search firms should keep in mind when on the hunt for outstanding potential job candidates.
These zip recruiting tips are equally applicable to companies undertaking their search without the help of recruiting agency services. Indeed, the headaches associated with finding qualified personnel is magnified for a company undertaking its recruitment efforts.
Industry-Specific Job Boards
Post an Ad on an Industry-specific Job Boards. Oftentimes, a recruiter will take a scattershot approach to find candidates that are worthy of consideration for an available position. They broadcast far and wide the fact that a certain position is open and available.
It may be more thoughtful to also consider the benefits of positing an open job on an industry-specific job board. By posting in a selective and admittedly limited manner, recruiters reach precisely the people most likely to be qualified for an open position.
A few examples of industry-specific job boards are as follows:
Find recruiters who specialize in a given field. As with advertising, choosing an effective recruiter might be just a matter of targeting, particularly for a managerial or executive position. These positions can be very hard for in-house personnel directors and human resource managers to fill. While these people do have responsibility for hiring, the search for a new employee with skills beyond the norm for their company can best be targeted by a professional executive recruiter.
The same can be said for specialized fields, such as Accounting or IT. For example, in-house human resources staff in a pharmaceutical company might know all about pharmaceutical skillsets required for a multitude of research positions, but they may not know as much when it comes to hiring staff to track money or to keep the computers functioning. That's when recruiting agency services specializing in IT, Accounting , or any other specialized field can come in handy.
Develop an In-House Referral Incentive Program. In many instances, exiting staff members can help speed up the search for quality job candidates. Employees often have contacts elsewhere within the industry, some of which may be looking for a change of employment.
By cultivating this internal resource, an HR director or in-house recruiter can develop a wealth of ready information about prospective employees who might well serve the organization as valued employees.
Searching for Resumes
Search Resumes Posted on Job Boards. In addition to advertising on an industry-specific job board, a diligent HR director or recruiting agency will want to take the time to search and consider resumes that have been posted on jobsearch sites.
Often, a job seeker may not find and review all of the various available positions that have been posted on every job board. This is even more true if a given prospect is a highly sought-after candidate, who might be still busy in a current position of responsibility.
Use a recruiter directory. Because there are so many different types of recruiters in business it can often be difficult for in-house human resources staff to pinpoint the recruiter that will be best able to meet the needs of a given employee recruitment campaign. But there are resources available.
By using a professional directory, in-house human resources staff will be able to identify the most appropriate resources for their company and the recruiting task at hand. Even staffing firms can benefit from such a recruiter’s directory to seek help in a specialized field they don't often work with.
Patience Is A Virtue
Finally, while it is an overused saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Don’t Rush the Process.
In the same vein, 99 times out of 100 there is no need to rush the process of seeking, identifying, and hiring a new employee, particularly an executive-level employee.
An HR director should take his or her time to identify, screen, interview and hire the best candidate.
By using these tips, in the long run, the best possible candidate for a given position will be hired, and the company will benefit from the best possible employees
Pharmacist resumes must have information of your experience relevant to the position in a quick and clear format. You already know employers are only interested in a highly qualified Pharmacist with a customer-friendly attitude.
Apart from highlighting your qualifications, contact information, experience etc, the following points for a Pharmacist CV will provide resume writing ideas on how to prepare the resume for a Pharmacist position.
Use important keywords in your resume (i.e.: pharmacology, dispensing and compounding, medication therapy, pharmaceutical research, and in specialty areas like acute and critical care, ICU, nuclear pharmaceuticals, and retail etc.
Narrate some of the main reasons why you should be called for the interview. For example:
Mention how you have reduced costs and saved money in your department or the organization in general. Highlight any other achievements that have benefited your department and your organization in general.
Learn how to make your resume stand out. Below is a video of a sample Pharmacist CV for your review.
There are many jobsearch sites readily available at our fingertips. Use "find a job near me" and you will quickly find a variety of josearch sites. All a person has to do on any of the jobsearch sites is open an account, fill up the necessary fields, and submit his/her resume.
Jobsearch sites usually ask for pertinent information such as the person’s name and contact information. They will also ask jobseekers to add information about their educational background. Most importantly, employment history has to be mentioned which includes the job description and highlights the experience and accomplishments during a person’s career.
A section in the account will also ask the preferred industry of work, if the person is willing to do field work or open to relocation and the expected salary, should one be accepted for the job.
With all the information provided, jobsearch sites will then match your qualifications with the jobs available. This service is free and matches can be seen when the person logs on the account or gets a notice via email. CareerBuilder is a good example of this service. Don't forget to log into Indeed. Indeed is another good example.
Below you will find various tips for making the most of your online job search. You will also note a list of jobsearch sites at the end of this article
Help Emloyers Find You
Always post your resume online. A study by ComScore found that job seekers who added their resume to an online database were twice as likely to receive a job offer than those who simply applied to specific positions. Always keep in mind that many employers never advertise their openings, preferring instead to search a pre-screened database of applicants. Employers overwhelmingly prefer this method to the alternative of advertising a position online and being flooded with hundreds of unqualified applications.
If your resume is not in the database that your dream employer is searching, you’ve already lost out. You should also review the 12 ways to ensure that your resume gets read.
See What Employers See
Many online job boards have a section of their site where potential employers can conduct a free test search of their resume database. Before you post your resume online, use this feature to search for the type of job you want.
There are at least three advantages to doing this:
Save Your Money
Some sites offer a service with a fee that will place the resume over other applicants giving that person more priority. But that is not a guarantee that the jobseeker will be hired anywhere.
Don’t waste your money. First of all, you have no way to measure how much higher your resume will rank over non-paid resumes. Second, for the most competitive fields, thousands of other people have purchased the same package, defeating their purpose. Third, the biggest online job boards have publicly acknowledged that simply changing one word of your profile or posted resume on a regular basis will have the same effect (essentially getting you the outcome of the paid service for free.)
Protect Your Identity & Privacy
Unfortunately, jobsearch sites have become a favorite way for scam artists to find victims. To protect your privacy and identity while still effectively making your credentials available, consider these steps:
Always Complete the Online Profile
Always complete the online profile (in addition to attaching your resume). Why? Because when employers search the resume database, your profile is searched and shown before your resume. In fact, an employer won’t see your resume at all unless they first click on your profile and then scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen (which many won’t do).
Knowledge is Power. Make sure you use it in your career search and don't fall through the cracks.
The list below includes a wide selection of 62 jobsearch sites with various services for different needs and requirements.
Applying online is not only done through job sites. You can also check the websites of companies that usually have a section on careers to see what openings are available. You simply have to go through the process of giving certain information and uploading your resume.
Examples Of Professional Summary On Resume
Employers review your resume before connecting with you. Given the many that apply, this usually takes seconds. Consequently, we must use limited words while we also have to be sure that the resume is well-written and grammatically correct.
The resume must say almost everything about the person. This should always start with pertinent information such as the person’s name and contact information.
Next is the Summary which briefly gives the audience an idea of what to expect as they continue to read the resume. It's almost like a quick introduction. If written in a precise and concise way, one can give a very professional introduction.
However, many people find it difficult to write a brief resume summary. Below are six (6) examples for your review.
Example 1 - Professional Summary On Resume
Software development leader and technology evangelist with a strong leadership presence; is currently seeking a new role that will draw upon expertise in software leadership, data protection, business transformation, enterprise-level implementation, automation, analytics, AI, client relations, and strategic planning.
Example 2 - Professional Summary On Resume
An award-winning executive producer with expertise in creative direction and content development for numerous platforms (digital, broadcast, audio), is currently seeking a new role that will draw upon excellence in production operations, creative direction, editorial leadership, storytelling, audience engagement, business growth, content creation, and team leadership
Example 3 - Professional Summary On Resume
A global Operations Executive with measurable contributions to strategic planning for food production, wellness product development, retail team training, and production kitchen training, is currently seeking a new role that will draw upon expertise in retail planning, operational leadership, strategic alliances, business growth, cost control, and productivity improvements
Example 4 - Professional Summary On Resume
An expert Financial Analyst equipped with a solid background and experience in financial analysis and reporting, underwriting, and due diligence in real estate currently seeking a new role in asset valuation and management, cost analysis, as well as property management
Example 5 - Professional Summary On Resume
An experienced Producer and Video Creator with a strong background in creating entertainment and educational content is searching for new opportunities in project management, production, post-production, editing, visual storytelling, creative design, interactive content development, scheduling, and budget administration.
Example 6 - Professional Summary On Resume
A digital marketing expert with an accomplished career in the music business is currently seeking a new role that will draw upon proficiencies in social media marketing, talent relations, brand messaging, e-commerce business development, advertising, media buying, and project management.
There is no ideal resume. It depends on the job. It is an important step one must pass before being called for that first interview.
How To Ask For Informational Interview
As we are going through The Great Resignation, many are considering the cost of a career change and looking for resources to help them learn about other related aspects of a career change.
If you’re also thinking about changing careers, talking to someone who does the job you’re interested in can give you insight into what you will — and will not — like about your desired job.
For someone who hasn’t interviewed for a job in a long time, an informational interview can also provide valuable practice before applying for jobs and going on interviews.
Informational interviews (also called information sessions, informational meetings, or research interviews) are interviews that are conducted to gather information to help prepare for a job interview and/or learn more about a specific job, industry, or company.
However, an informational interview is not a job interview, and should not be confused with one. With an informational interview, you’re not seeking a job — you are seeking information to help you get a job.
Anyone can conduct an informational interview, although they are most commonly used by new graduates and perhaps those who may feel they have been on a wrong career path.
Below is a sample scenario to demonstrate "how to ask" for an informational interview.
Asking For an Informational Interview
If there is a company you’d like to work for, use this script to ask for an informational interview. This can also be a script if you identify a contact who can give you information or help you network to a job.
Make the Call:
Hi! My name is (your name) and I was given your name as the person who oversees the (name of) department or hires (job titles).
[If you were referred to them by someone, mention that. Or, if you have something else in common — like your alma mater or a professional association, use that as your lead-in.]
I’m looking to make connections in the ____ field. I know you’re not currently hiring, but I was hoping you might be able to provide me with some advice.
Would you mind if I asked you a couple of questions?
[If no, ask if you can schedule a time to talk to them later.]
[If yes, give a quick summary of your background and qualifications and then ask one or more specific questions]
Thank you for your time.
How It Might Sound:
You: Hi! My name is Melanie McIntosh and we’re both members of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). I’ve seen you at a couple of meetings, but we’ve never formally met. I’m looking to make connections in the public relations field. I was hoping you’d have a couple of minutes to provide me with some advice. Would you mind if I asked you a couple of questions? I promise I’ll keep it short.
Contact: Sure, I’ll try to answer a question or two for you, if I can.
You: I’ve worked with a couple of agencies — I’m currently a PR Specialist with Be Bold PR and previously worked as an Account Executive for Stronger Brands for five years before that, specializing in pitching, account service, and media relations. I was wondering how your agency typically fills positions when they come open. Do you hire from within, do you advertise them, or do you work with recruiters?
Contact: We usually put up postings on the PRSA job board, LinkedIn, and Indeed. We also work with recruiters — usually PR Talent and Recruiters Inc.
You: Great. Can I ask how you got hired at Phantom Public Relations?
Contact: One of my former bosses came to work here and he hired me away. They actually created a job for me, and then I was promoted into my current role two years ago.
You: That’s great. I see from your LinkedIn profile that you’re well connected in the industry. Do you happen to know of any companies that might be hiring PR Specialists focusing on agriculture and farming clients? That’s my specialty.
Contact: I don’t know of anyone specifically who may be hiring, but I am friends with Simon Bass over at Waypoint Communications and I know they have a couple of ag and farming accounts. You’re welcome to drop my name if you want to ask him about openings.
You: Thank you. I really appreciate it. One last thing: Is there anything I can do for you? I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me today.
Contact: No, I can’t think of anything. But do say hi if you are at next month’s PRSA meeting.
You: Will do. Thanks again.
Having “inside information” about a company you’re interested in working for, or about a specific job you’re applying for can be very helpful throughout your job search. Getting "inside information" is the purpose of an "informational Interview". Hopefully the sample scenario above will help you to effectively leverage this strategy.
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.