Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 12:00:00 AM
Let’s face it. The days of being using creativity to get someone to look at your resume have passed. Items such as font, layout, white space, envelope color, paper texture and the first few paragraphs of a cover letter determined whether your resume got noticed by a hiring manager.
With the advent of one-click Internet applications, resume submission services and online career hubs for every industry, specialty and geography (such as Monster, HotJobs and hireCentral), applying to your perfect job is easy. But maybe it’s too easy. Even if your qualifications are a perfect match to a job opening, getting your resume noticed online isn’t easier – it may actually be harder. And you can end up being one of many in a large resume database wondering if your resume has ended up in a black hole.
There are certain things you can do however to ensure your qualifications are the first to be reviewed.
Keywords, keywords, keywords
Keep in mind that when you submit your resume to a career hub or an employer’s website, your resume is added to a database along with the thousands of individuals already there. Special fonts are removed, layout is standardized, and all that’s left to separate you from the competition is the content. So make sure your resume includes key words or phrases that a recruiter or an employer might search for.
For example, if you’ve completed a GMP certification
, make sure you’ve put that exact phrase in your resume, and make sure it’s visible. If you have experience with specific manufacturing equipment that could help you get a job (or at least attract attention to your resume), make sure to include it.
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Posted By Rich Kneece
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