Getting Your Resume To Result In A Job Interview

Published on 28 January 2010 by MrsCohen in Interviewing

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You take the time to write up your resume; you search for the job you want; you submit your resume to various organizations. No response. It’s as if you did nothing. Why? What can you do to ensure your resumes are ‘heard?’ How can you guarantee that your resume lands you interviews and ultimately a job offer?

To begin with, be sure to distinguish your resume and application from the other candidates. A hiring manager is simply looking for the best person who can become immediately productive for their organization. Your resume is their first impression of you, it is therefore important to:

  • Tailor your resume to suit each job you are applying for; adjust your objective.
  • Avoid turning your resume into a boring list of job duties and responsibilities.
  • Information should be relevant to the position, and show how your experience fit the job criteria.
  • Include strong active verbs like “directed,” “conceived,” and “calculated,” to give your qualifications power.
  • Make your resume more tangible by quantifying your efforts as much as possible. This directly shows how your potential contributions can benefit the company.

It is best to have a professional review your resume to ensure you provide all of the above and to give it polish.

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Get Noticed. Get Hired.

Now that your resume is up to par, some proactive work is necessary in order to procure an interview:

  • Contact the hiring manager and ask when he/she would like to meet you for an interview.
  • Suggest that you will be in the neighborhood and would like to hand-deliver your resume.
  • Contact the recruiting manager to discuss how you can benefit the organization.
  • Next, propose possible dates for an interview.
  • Be sure to show respect for the manager’s time.
  • Research the company you are interested in. Suggest improvements and possible solutions to a problem you may be aware of.

Remember, no one is going to find you; you have to go out there and present yourself!

“I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” – Brian Tracy

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