Once a resume has been sent and the next thing that should happen is that you receive a call to test communication skills and your basic skills match for the job.
Resumes should present an candidate and how their skills fit the role clearly (75% of employers say that applicants with resumes passing the preliminary screening will be invited for an interview.
Here are a few things you can do to increase the odds of you getting the interview:
1. The position that an applicant is interested in should be placed in the body of your email or in the subject line.
2. One of the best ways to get an employers’ attention is by using words that are really powerful that denotes strong capabilities of the applicant. An example of this is, instead of writing, “assigned to be”, write instead “in-charge of,” indicating that the applicant has active leadership skills. Only write this if it is true!
3. Using bullets catches a reader’s eye. Use these in itemizing achievements, career highlights, recognition, qualifications, and skills and interests. Sections that use bullets encourages the employer to read the information provided. These also create more clear space on the screen or on the paper making the resume easier to read.
4. Only apply for a one position at a time in a company. Submitting different resumes for different rules with different objectives and different job interests is a complete waste of time.
5. Ask a pro. Resumes are often written with the help of experts who can actually see the applicant’s strengths and opportunities.
If you are required to complete an online application, carefully follow and read all the special instructions their application form may require (like how many spaces are provided for a specific answer or the number of words for the answer). If you complete an application in person, follow their instructions AND be sure you write neatly.
When answering, be careful not to leave blanks unless it really does not apply. Use N/A only if necessary. Be truthful with all the answers but this does not mean that you have to provide a complete or thorough answer for every question. Always adapt the answers to the job being applied for. Only provide the skills and recognition received that will be beneficial to the new company or employer.
Provide references that can provide the firm with a powerful recommendation and information about your role, responsibilities and accomplishments, as well as where you can use improvement (remember to discuss this with them in advance). Previous managers are ideal, however teachers and co-workers can be used to provide that information