With so many things now automated in the world, job seekers may think the job search process also includes a type of matching tool where a machine reads your resume. While this type of pre-screening technology exists, there is more to the story.
Recruiters Review Resumes Daily
While your resume may be received by a machine or server in a data center, a recruiter still has to review a resume in order to find a right match for each opportunity. After a job description is posted, most recruiters will begin to review the incoming resumes, keeping a keen eye out for those candidates who best match the employer’s requirements.
A recruiter will look at past experience, the extent of a candidate’s knowledge in a particular skill set, as well as additional stand-out factors, such as certifications or specialized degrees. The key here is to make sure your resume includes those notable career highlights, as well as keywords.
For example, instead of only including that you have software development experience, expand on the extent of your knowledge and mention details. In this example, you would likely want to indicate that you’ve worked with .NET and Java platforms, also mentioning your experience designing applications modifications and supporting user acceptance testing.
Timing is Everything
Oftentimes, staffing firms hear from job seekers that they are the “perfect match” for a job, but are frustrated because they never receive a call back. Many times the issue may be that the job posting could be a few days old and over a hundred candidates have already applied. In this case, it may be that half of those candidates were a good fit, and ultimately received the first call back and are already scheduled for an interview. Typically, job postings listed for longer than 72 hours already have multiple candidates under consideration. So, it’s important to remember the following savvy job seeker tips:
- Be the first to apply – set up a job alert to notify you the moment a new job matching your skills is posted and apply
- Build a long-term relationship with a staffing specialist – notify them of your career goals and let them know as soon as you apply to open positions
Time is your enemy in this ultra-competitive job market, not the machines! Approach your job search knowing you may be the absolute best fit for the job, but also consider the other ten to 30 candidates that are your competition and determine how you can stand out. Don’t forget that timing is key, so it’s important to apply first!
What other tips or advice do you have?!