The all important resume
Let's face it. To get hired you have to know someone, be related to someone, or successfully go through your job search, resume preparation, resume writing, and finally the interview. A few of us know someone with connections. If you are the niece or nephew of the Director you might not have to concern yourself with resume preparation. If you know the Vice President you might not have to write a winning resume. But for most people those are not options.
If you were one of those two you wouldn't be here reading this article. The economy is not all that good at the moment. Our political leaders have done great damage to our economy. But you want a job that pays well, at a place that is fun to work at, with people who like you. So stick it to the president, pay attention, do what I tell you to do and start getting those interviews.
The most important thing to remember is that you will be competing with many other highly qualified candidates. Hiring managers are very busy people. We want to find the best candidate for the job we have posted. We don't want to spend one more minute than we absolutely must to fill our positions. And this is the key. Do not write your resume to get the job. Write your resume to get the interview.
But how, Mr. Veritis?
In the last five years I have been the hiring manager for nearly sixty positions. I have hired entry-level people, mid-level people, and senior people. For each case my process is essentially the same. I prepare a job requisition with the basic job requirements and preferred skills. It gets approved and posted to the job web site. Then the fun begins. My HR recruiter screens many dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of resumes to provide me with about a dozen good candidates.
On average from those dozen resumes, I select five candidates to interview and select one person for the job. I am about to share the two big secrets. First, how did my recruiter select the dozen candidates for me to consider? And second, how did I select five candidates from the dozen?
Use the Resume to Get the Interview
What happens next, Mr. Veritis?
Once the recruiter has selected the appropriate number of resumes she forwards them to me for my review. The recruiter confirms that the basic job requirements have been met. The hiring manager reviews the preferred job requirements. The closer the resume is to the total set of basic and preferred requirements the greater the likelihood that it will be selected. Mr. Veritis is looking for the five best candidates out of the 12 resumes he receives. Punctuation, proper use of white space, writing style, and experiences all play a role in his selection of the five candidates who will receive an interview request.
It may be obvious that the candidate must review the job requirements, both basic and preferred, tailor her resume to document that she meets each requirement, provide examples in her job history demonstrating her capabilities, and do so in an efficient manner making it as easy as possible for the recruiter and the hiring manager to come to the right conclusion and offer the interview.
It is as simple and straightforward as that.
In future articles I, Mister Veritis, will share even more secrets about how you, a job candidate, can better prepare for the interview. I will discuss my favorite interview questions. I will describe what I am looking for in the answers. I will even talk about what the candidate's body language tells me.