🤎 Please check out this fantastic article by thingscareerrelated.com with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – The Thoughts of 7 Recruiters on How to Get To an Interview 🧡
🙌 I was honored by a colleague, Bob McIntosh, for inclusion in his article about The Thoughts of 7 Recruiters on How to Get To an Interview
The life of a recruiter is not an easy one.
It requires a lot of digging and scrapping for talent to fill positions for their clients, the employers.
It’s not unheard of for a recruiter to have as many as 30+ requisitions at a time to fill.
For the mammoth companies, hundreds of requisitions (as one recruiter says) are possible.
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the job for recruiters is trying to satisfy the ultimate hiring authority who is looking for the ideal candidates.
As hard as they try, some recruiters fall short of meeting the expectations of the hiring authority, while others succeed.
Those who succeed more often are the ones who stay in the game.
Bob asked me to speak about 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀
🔥 The resume needs to be logical first and foremost. If the reader is wrinkling their forehead, you’ve lost the initial battle.
🔥 With this said, have a target in mind and build your messaging around this target. Have a vision of your dream job. Think of your job drivers. What’s important to you? Time, money, benefits, 401(k)s, location, product offerings, company image, culture, values, progressive versus traditional setting, remote versus on-location, passionate project opportunities, etc.
🔥 Each is different for each person. What motivates you? What’s your passion? What can you do that will make you happy in 2 weeks, 3 months, a year? The candidate should research his or her new career field/job target! You need to do your research. You need to get a feel for the way the industry and respective companies function in the world, the services they provide to others, and the types of jobs out there in that industry that could pose as a potential new career.
🔥 I love using Google News, Google alerts, Salary.com, Glassdoor, Indeed, and LinkedIn to uncover industry and job research. Using this research can be a good way to spot industry and job keywords (for the core competencies and summary sections), role responsibilities (for the experience section), and important transferable contributions (for the accomplishments section) for inclusion on your resume. Read trade journals of major industry players to stay on top of insights in your space.
🔥 Be realistic in what you can achieve. While taking chances and risks are a good thing, do not over-stretch yourself into a role you simply are not a fit for (yet). What industry do you want to live in, and in what role? Be specific in what you want, clarify it, write it down, consume knowledge of it, live it.
🔥 Recruiters cannot help you if you nor they know what you want to do. Most people have skills and experience that can transfer nicely to another industry or job. The key is knowing how those skills reasonably transfer, and what sort of value they bring to the prospective employer. The challenge is that most are unsure of how their skills are exchangeable to other duties.
🔥 If you’re an accomplished professional, it’s best to use actual methodologies, processes, skills, or technologies relating directly to the open job description and your experience. These are good ideas for those greener candidates. Also, opt for free experiential learning like internships. Work freelance projects for friends, neighbors, etc., and continuously build your portfolio, skills, and competencies.
🔥 Back to the resume – next, make sure it has optimized keywords, quantifiable content (even if there are no metrics, but metrics are preferred), and a format/layout that adheres to applicant tracking system mandates. Think quantifiable content and write it pragmatically. Also, stick to brevity while making those bottom-line accomplishments shine. Again, as long as you aren’t wrinkling the readers’ foreheads (I love this visual, LOL) when they’re reviewing your resume, you’ve done your job…now if you match the qualifications, it’s interview time!
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