Here are some stats and information that you might find interesting:
- Employers (e.g., hiring managers and recruiters) only spend about 7.4 seconds reading the average resume.
- Approximately 75% of resumes aren’t viewed by a human since Applicant Tracking Systems scan them.
- Big companies like Google receive over 50,000 job applications with resumes per week!
So, what does this mean?
If your resume isn’t cleanly formatted and focused on essential information, it will get tossed into the recycling bin. Your resume should follow a consistent format.
If you don’t take the time to customize your resume to map it to each job listing, your resume won’t make it to a hiring manager.
For many jobs — especially now — you are competing with hundreds or even thousands of other candidates. How can you stand out?
Your resume should:
- Help you structure how you think about your work experience so that it supports the narrative of the story you will tell during your interviews.
- Show that you’ve done your homework, fully understand the job description, and know what the company needs.
- Give your inside champions something for the hiring managers to review when they are ready to give you a call.
Common resume mistakes:
- Generic resume. Employers recognize a one-size-fits-all resume that isn’t customized or tailored for a specific company and role.
- Weak summary. Your summary at the top of the resume should be your elevator pitch. Unfortunately, many people write summaries like an objective or full of vague descriptions of who they are.
- Untruths. Some candidates stretch the facts on their resumes or outright lie about their accomplishments.
- Irrelevant experience. Focus on your work experience and skills that are the most relevant for this position.
- Duties. So many people make this mistake. They list their job duties instead of their accomplishments.
- Misspellings. 58% of employers said resume misspellings were one of the biggest reasons they did not hire employees.
However, at some point, you will need a resume:
- A recruiter will ask you to send one.
- If you connect with hiring managers directly, they will want to see one.
- When you interview for a job, the team will want to review one before talking with you.
- When you get hired, HR will want a resume to put in your official employment file.
More importantly, if you follow my advice, you will find an inside champion. That person will want to place your resume directly into the hiring manager’s hands.
When that happens, your resume will need to be rock solid.
You do need to take the time to write it well and customize it appropriately for the opportunity. Otherwise, that hiring manager will be disappointed by what he or she reads.