Rick Gillis is an author/speaker/radio and TV host—all with an emphasis on employment and job search. Rick says that job search is no longer about selection. It’s about preventing elimination! Read more...
With the overwhelming number of applications and resumes received on a daily basis, recruiters must do all they can to manage the flow -- thus resume filtering software.
What follows here varies by company and position, but for now let's work from this premise: In the larger (and not so large) companies, your resume/application is not initially viewed by a "real human person" but is scanned and graded by a piece of software and then archived until those results are called up. What this means is that only those resumes that "made the grade" (literally) will rise to the top of the pile to be reviewed. To help you successfully negotiate this software, here are some first-glance Dos and Don'ts."
DO NOT include your physical address on your resume.
Professional recruiters don’t want me to tell you this. It is often their very first point of elimination. You might be able to cure cancer, but you live too far away from the job site. As a result, your resume might not receive any consideration whatever. You are willing to relocate or carpool, but you never got the chance to express that you understand that as a consideration.
YOU MIGHT not even want to include your city or town on your resume.
I live in a small town outside of Houston. My resume would state "Houston, TX." When the recruiter calls to ask me what part of town I live in, I'm going to respond with "Where’s the job located?" Get my drift? She had to call me, which creates a conversation.
DO draft a conservative resume that takes filtering software into account.
DO include a Seeking Statement (my term) telling your reader about the position for which you are applying. Just below your contact information, add a single centered and bold line stating:
"I am seeking a position as (use the exact job title) with (insert company name), reference #(fill in the blank)." For example, if applying for an a job at Dow Chemicals you would write, "I am seeking the Director of Mechanical Engineering position with Dow Chemical Company, reference #12345."
This is only a fraction of the information I intend to share with you in the coming months. Don’t hesitate to contact me and send me any job search questions you might have.
I wish you Good Job Hunting!