Many people wonder why they are not reaching the next stage
of the job application process after sending in your resume for consideration.
is a necessary tool to help you land your next job but firing off the
same resume to multiple job listings because you want a job does not help with
the success rate. If you are wondering why the job market is so difficult at
the moment, you are not alone, however, there are steps you can take to
increase your opportunities and stand out from the crowd.
A resume cannot give you an advantage unless it relates
directly to the job you are applying for. Think about it for a second, if you
are an IT professional and the job application for a Desktop Support role
requires experience with Citrix and Software distribution in SCCM, then you
would want make clear in your resume and emphasize experience with working with
Citrix and SCCM. Likewise, if you have all the safety training as a furniture
mover and wanting to apply for house movers Auckland positions that require mandatory
health and safety knowledge, you need to be direct and state in your resume
that you are the right person for the job because you have invested time and
money in gaining the required health and safety certification. Think about what
other skills that would are essential to the job that you can highlight?
Perhaps highlighting the fact that you have a good driving record and knowledge
of how to safely move difficult items such as pianos could be the difference
between your resume and the rest.
Follow the following tips and mastering these skills on your
resume may be what you need to land your next job.
1. Take the time to carefully read the job description
to find out what the company you are applying for is looking for, what
qualities do they require? What is the overall feel for what they are looking
Take a highlighter and highlight words and
descriptions on the job ad that represents what the company is ideally looking
for, you would want to emphasize by directly using the same words and
descriptions to show you are a direct match. You want to showcase your
experience and help the employer see how it relates to the job description.
You do not want your resume to go on and on with
irrelevant information, keep it direct and if you feel some experience do not
relate to the job description, there is no harm in that and focus more on what closely
matches the job you are applying for.
Many job descriptions list ‘preferred but not
essential’ qualities the employer look for, make sure you take the time to see
how your experience or accreditation you have match this area. It is always a
bonus for an employer to see you possess qualities on top of what they are
Once you have the basis of your resume on paper,
it’s time to make notes with a coloured pen, reading through your resume to see
where you can add and what you can edit.
Get to work making all the changes that you
noted to come up with the newly edited resume, ensure you format it and proof
read to make sure the grammar and spelling is ok.
Now read through the job description and compare
it to your resume. Do you think it highlights what the employer is after and
you find the resume is a good match for the job you are applying? You will most
likely see how directly you resume is related to the job description which will
dramatically improve your chances of landing an interview for the next stage.