The unemployment rate is rising, and Americans are losing more jobs each day. This is American culture’s new normal. It’s time to accept the truth. America’s employment system is in crisis. It doesn’t work and it doesn’t make sense. If it worked, you’d be able find work quickly. Professional job seekers spend around 30 hours per week searching job boards and sending out over 100 resumes. There is then a waiting period in which you don’t hear from potential employers. A typical job seeker has set goals to secure 3-5 interviews per week, only for them to discover that they haven’t. You begin to feel disappointed and rejected in your job search efforts. Self-deprecating attitudes can build momentum and tell oneself that they are not good enough. This can set one’s self-confidence and self-esteem ablaze.
Anger and frustration are directed at America’s broken system. It is crucial that job seekers pay attention to how they feel and present themselves to potential employers. A resume should reflect the personality, attitudes, and behavior of the job seeker. This article will explain how to submit a resume, the common pitfalls, and key words for a keyword resume.
BASICS OF RESUME SUBMISSION PROCESS
Resumes are complex documents that need to be able to navigate around multiple obstacles in order to make an impact. Depending on the organization’s culture, the process can take up to four weeks before you are able to follow up with qualified candidates. A cover letter, resume and supporting documents can be sent to small to medium-sized businesses. Larger companies may require you to submit your application via a sophisticated applicant tracking program. The human resources office will conduct a preliminary screening and then match your application with the job description. The second screening is completed and the application is sent to the hiring manager for the department to be assessed on their professional depth and ability. If the resume meets all criteria, HR will call or e-mail qualified candidates to set up an interview. This resume can continue through the process or it will halt at this determining factor: the resume keywords that are chosen by job seekers to describe their skills and qualifications.
MISTAKES IN RESUME WRITING
Job seekers make the common mistakes of sending over 100 resumes and not receiving e-mails. They also miss out on phone calls. They repeat the same mistakes repeatedly, running around in circles and not taking a break to drink water. If a job seeker does not do their due diligence within a campaign, it can lead to a lot of hardwork that feeds into an already confused and broken employment system. This is why resumes are so disqualified in the resume submission process.
Human resource software applications scan resumes for specific keywords and phrases. There are no clear-cut skills or value that can be easily identified by a human reader.
Soft skills are important for inexperienced job seekers. These include “strong communicator”, “problem solver”, and “active listener”. These qualities are common, but can you show how your skills have been of benefit to the company?
Avoid excluding keywords that are relevant to the employer’s needs. Otherwise, the system will instantly disqualify your resume from the submission process.
BASICS OF RESUME KNOWWORDS
Managers only want one type of worker: A problem-solver who has a positive effect. Managers must spend less on resources and be more efficient in cutting costs and increasing profits. These two issues require that they have people to talk with. The resume is the call-to-action to guide the reader as to what to do next. This is the important question that the resume answers:
Which occupation, at what level and in what capacity, can the candidate do the job cost-effectively, increase profits faster, and more efficiently than any other person applying for the same job?
This is a challenging question that requires one to self-assess their skills and abilities. Before the candidate submits another resume, they must take a step back and evaluate their current position in the professional world. It is crucial to spend some time to determine what jobs the resume could win. You can find out what types of jobs are available by looking at job boards. These are some tips to help you search for keywords on job boards or other places before you dive back into a campaign.
Create a master list with keywords and phrases that are common to similar job postings.
To find broad keywords, search keywords without geographic restrictions.
Choose at least three websites that are representative of companies or related industry associations.
Google “job title” followed by “job description” for 2 to 3 descriptions that match the job posting. Then, search keywords in the descriptions.
To collect keywords, select the top three LinkedIn profiles with similar jobs.
To see if other professionals have used keywords, visit your industry association’s website.
SAMPLE RESUME KEYWORDS THAT DO WORK
Once you have compiled a master list, highlight each statement using a strong keyword. Here are some examples of keywords that are often used in resumes. Interviews are more likely to be granted if the keywords reflect the applicant’s attitude towards the job.
Keywords that demonstrate problem-solving abilities: Analyzed. Investigated. Resolved. Streamlined. Simplified. Eliminated. Reduced. Increased.
Key words that demonstrate leadership skills: Organized and managed, directed, revitalized, led
Keywords that Show Initiative: Designed and Generated, Launched. Originated. Initiated.
Key words that demonstrate achievement: Secured and Completed, Surpassed. Negotiated. Delivered
Job hunters need to shift their energy from being proactive in their job searches to being proactive with their resume presentations. Rejection during job searches does not define your worth. The value one brings to an employer is what defines worth. Employers are not responsible for obtaining value from job hunters. It is up to the job hunter. It is the job hunter’s responsibility to ensure that their job search includes keywords and phrases relevant to the job as well as the employer’s needs. Before approaching an employer for a job, it is important to do more research and plan ahead.
Employers, don’t forget to submit your resume!