Not getting the responses you want based on your current resume? The truth is that a big part of the success of your job application depends on how you have positioned your skills and experience for the role you are looking to win. In fact, a poorly written resume can mean the difference between someone inviting you in for an interview and someone saying no thanks before they even get to the bottom of the page. So here are four things you can do to position yourself better for a new job and make sure you’re hitting the right notes.
How To Position My Skills To Get A Great Job
1. Be More Than Adequate
Meeting the minimum qualifications outlined in a job description doesn’t ensure you an interview. There are likely hundreds of people applying for any given job these days, and if your resume doesn’t present you as more than qualified, it’s likely that other candidates will get the reviewers attention first. Also keep in mind that many companies count on search engine or bot-based resume reviewers to help manage the workload of reading all those resumes. If your application isn’t fine-tuned and written using key words and phrases that a search engine is looking for, then you likely won’t get to a live reviewer.
2. Position Yourself Early
Given that employers receive numerous applications for most jobs, it makes sense that they pick the most qualified candidates to come in for an interview. You need to know what those hiring managers are looking for and position yourself appropriately to impress those readers. Highlight your past successes. Showcase your results to give them an idea of what you could do for them if hired. Growing a team is hard work. Make it easy on your hiring manager and show them why you are the most qualified applicant.
3. Focus on Accomplishments
You don’t want your resume to read like a job description. You’ve covered four states for the past four years, great, but what have you accomplished? Employers want to see what you’ve accomplished. They want to see facts and figures. They want to know that you’ve managed X number of people, or you’ve taken a territory from $200K to $4M in the past four years. This is your time to showcase your ACCOMPLISHMENTS, make sure your resume shows that.
Don’t Get Frustrated
The bottom line is, keep at it. Don’t doubt yourself but take time to evaluate all parts of your application if things really aren’t working out. Try something new. Reformat your resume. Reach out and connect in person. If nothing else, the fact-finding and experimenting will help you learn more about where you want your career to go, and in a job search as in life, knowledge is the most powerful tool you can ask for.
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