Making a resume model is easy.
However, making a resume that lands you a great job is PRETTY DIFFICULT!
Most of the job seekers download a certain resume template.
Fill out the relevant information.
Finally, send it out to numerous companies.
Is That What You Do As Well?
Well, consider the following information –
- On an average, every corporate job opening attracts 250 applications.
- Only 4-6 of these people will be called for an interview.
- Finally, ONLY 1 will be hired.
Therefore, if you simply send out your standardized resume model to every company, it just won’t cut the chase.
It is somewhat like buying a lottery ticket – theoretically, you can win. But the odds are never in your favour.
How To Improve Your Odds Of Getting Hired?
Check out the below 7 tips!
Tip#1: Investigate the Employer
When you are looking for a new job, you probably think of questions like
- “What will be my salary?”
- “What will my work hours be?”
- “What if my qualifications are not sufficient for this job?” et al.
However, you must not forget that the person who is going to hire you is the employer. If you take the time to know more about the employer, the company, and their needs, you will be ahead of 99% of the other applicants.
For example, can you answer this?
“What are the current business objectives of the company you are applying to?”
Even if you can spend only 5-10 minutes browsing about the company, it would be great!
You may be wondering, “Why should I put in all this effort when I am not even sure if I’ll hear back from the company?”
If so, check out Tip #2.
Tip#2: Quantity Matters but Quality Wins.
When there is a vacancy, the employer will usually receive a few dozens to maybe a few 100s of applications.
Some researchers have found that the employers spend only about 7 seconds on each resume.
Therefore, if you simply send out your standardised resume model to every company, it is almost certain that it will be thrown in the trashcan within 7 seconds of scanning.
In fact, when the employers were asked what attributes would cause them to pay more attention to certain resumes, 61% employers said the following – “a resume that is customized for their open position.”
Therefore, even if you take a little bit of extra time to research about the company and customise your resume to the relevant position, it will make a BIG difference.
Consider one more statistic – usually, only 1-10% of the employers get back to you. Therefore, if your resume is standardized, you may need to send a 100 of them out, to hear just 1 reply back.
On the other hand, if you have your resume tailor-made for that company, you might only need to send out 10 to get a reply.
Of course, you need to send out a lot of resumes – quantity matters. But quality is always the winner.
Tip#3: Customize Your Resume model For The Company
Here is an anecdote –
- A new hiring manager walks into the room and sees a huge pile of resumes that he needs to go through.
- He looks at his older colleague and says, “Oh my God, it will take me days to go through all of these.”
- The more experienced manager comes closer, takes half the resumes and throws them into the trashcan.
- The shocked new manager whispers to the older one, “What are you doing? How can you throw away half of the applications without even checking!?”
- The older manager then says, “Our Company is not interested in unlucky applicants.”
Nowadays, this anecdote comes close to reality often. 60% of the companies have the resumes reviewed by a computerized scanning system and are never seen by human eyes.
The software scans whether your resume has any of the relevant “keywords” that they are looking for.
Therefore, when you send out a standardised resume, there is a big chance that the software won’t even pick it up. It will probably never even get to a hiring manager at all!
In fact, researchers have found that over 50% of the applicants for a typical job fail to meet the basic qualifications for that job.
What Does That Mean?
In reality, it means that these applicants didn't even bother reading up on the company and customising their cover letter and resume.
What should you do?
- Read the vacancy advert carefully.
- Make sure that the line ‘Objective’ in your resume corresponds to the specific job.
- Check the required qualifications stated for this job carefully. Make sure that you mention these qualifications in your resume.
Tip#4: Find Out What The Company Truly Wants From You.
Let me ask you something –
Imagine you are a ‘web developer’. What do you think the company expects from you? Do you think that it is to develop a website and maintain it?
Well, it’s WRONG.
The company is not interested in the work process. Rather, it is interested in sales and profit.
If a web developer states in his resume that he has developed a bunch of websites, it will hardly surprise anyone. It is only expected.
On the other hand, if he states that he upgraded the website of a certain company that in turn increased the conversion rates of sales, it will be much more impressive.
Tip#5: Keep Your Resume Short, Accurate And To The Point
- Your resume should fit within 2 pages (maximum).
- Avoid vague statements.
- Refrain from ‘too good to be true’ Bragging.
- Ensure that things mentioned in your resume are Truly Relevant.
- Mention specific achievements in your previous jobs.
If you state qualities such as leadership, teamwork, passion etc. – rest assured, majority of the people would say the same thing.
Moreover, 53% of the resumes contain falsifications, and the reviewer can often sense it even before meeting you.
Tip#6: If You Have Any “Killer Fact” – Make It Easily Visible.
A recruiter gives most résumés only an initial glance of 10-30 seconds. During this instance, the recruiter usually looks at:
- Job titles
- Companies you worked at
- Start and end dates
Statistics show that 60% of resumes are ignored because they’re not formatted correctly or are too cluttered.
Therefore, if you have any impressive achievement, make sure that it is EASILY VISIBLE in the resume.
For example, you may have:
- graduated from a well-known university,
- worked for a well-known company,
- had a great achievement in your previous work place
If you have any such things that distinguish you, make sure that it is NOT at the bottom of the page; highlight it (perhaps, with a bold font).
A single “killer fact” might just be the reason for the recruiter to call you for an interview.
Tip#7: Correct All Grammar And Spelling Mistakes.
43% of hiring managers will disqualify a candidate from consideration because of spelling errors.
Here is what one of the hiring managers said:
“The top 2 reasons I and most other hiring managers reject resumes are grammar and spelling mistakes. If you can't get a resume correct, it is no doubt that your day-to-day work is going to be bad!”
It is advisable to get your resume proofread by a few impartial people. Of course you want to correct all grammar and spelling mistakes. Also, you want to make sure it’s easy to read and understand your resume.
If you follow the above 7 Tips for making a good resume, you will standout from the crowd. Moreover, it will dramatically increase the chances of you getting the job that you want.