Ost job seekers always find themselves wondering what is wrong with their resumes, as even after sending out fifty resumes, they are not getting any job interviews.
The answer to that may be that there will be a problem with your resume. You might be required to search for good resume-writing skills to fix those issues. However, if you are sending resumes to employers and are not getting calls for an interview, there may be two other problems that you can overlook. These include sending the resumes to the wrong person, as well as sending your resumes in the wrong way.
Here is a guide to how you can tackle each of these “hidden” problems, which has the potential to derail your job search as quickly as a defective resume can.
Problem #1: Sending your resume to the wrong person.
If this is the case, even having one of the best resumes in the world will not be able to get you your dream job.
In most cases, the wrong person who you can send your resume is anyone who is in human resources. This is because they are specialized in saying no.
Example: The resume is rejected as it matches only 8 of the ten requirements for the job position. Or the young junior HR staffer reading the resume has failed to understand the value of your experience due to their lack of knowledge.
Solution: Send your resume to people who will say yes.
These “yes people” are the hiring managers who have the authority to create a job for you or to tell the Human Resource to schedule an interview with you. The hiring managers are of two types.
In a larger company, hiring managers refer to someone who is at least one level above your boss who you should be sending your resume. The reason being is your potential boss may see you as a threat and ignore your resume. However, you should contact the potential boss’ boss; it might mean you will be required to apply to a division VP, in most cases.
The second type of hiring managers, which should be targeted, is found commonly in smaller companies, having no HR department and fewer than 50 people. In most instances, it is the president or the owner of the company.
No matter who you contact with your resume, make sure you have the correct spelling of their name, their title, and their mailing address. You can search online at Google or LinkedIn or call the receptionist or someone else who would know.
Problem #2: Sending the resume in the wrong way.
Sending your resume through email is absolutely the wrong way to send anything meaningful to anyone.
Solution: The resume should be printed on paper and mailed in an envelope with a stamp.
Better solution: The resume should be printed and delivered by hand during a meeting that you arrange with the hiring managers in order to discuss his/her problems and the solutions which you can offer.