You may have heard that generally, employers only spend less than 10 seconds to scan resumes and decide if it is a yes or no. How is this possible? What are they looking for in a resume? Here are some things they pay attention to; which you should be paying extra attention when writing it.
If the company is in Los Angeles, CA and you aren’t – goodbye. Few if any clients want to relocate anyone in this economy, and most shouldn’t have to, especially in a huge metropolitan area. If they do have to consider relocation, the position has to require some very unique experience that few jobs do.
If the company is in banking and your background is primarily manufacturing – goodbye. These two often are so different that the client isn’t open to considering such different industries. This works both ways, if the company is in manufacturing, they are not going to consider someone with banking background.
If they are looking for sales and your background isn’t sales – goodbye. Generally companies are finding a perfect fit. A perfect fit might not be possible, but it has to be very close. They don’t need to find someone in a completely different function.
If the company is doing a VP level search and your title is “manager” and you have never been a VP – goodbye. There are exceptions to this, but again it is the 80/20 rule. It is generally way too big of a jump from manager level to VP level, all other things being equal. It works the other way too. If they are looking for a manager and you are a VP – goodbye. They know you are qualified to do a manager level role, but it is clear you have grown past. Most companies aren’t willing to take the chance that when a VP level position comes along that you won’t be gone.
5. Recent Experience
There is some overlap on this one. If they are searching for someone with international sales experience in the aerospace industry and the last time you held an international sales position in this industry was 20 years ago and since then you have been in retail – goodbye. They can find people with more relevant experience.
Like it or not, most companies will only work with people who have a college education and most of the time a master’s degree. This is mainly because, recruiters need to find the very best. An education doesn’t mean by itself that the candidate is the best, but it is one qualifier of many.
If you have had 6 jobs in the last 4 years, or have a track record of high turnover – goodbye. Recruiters realize there are good reasons for turnover and that falls into the 20% of the 80/20 rule.
8. Obvious things
Things such as spelling errors, poor format, errors in grammar, too long, verbose and rambling are turnoff for employers. If after reading your resume, the employer still can’t figure out what you do, goodbye.
Get past the 10 seconds screening – and beyond
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