How to Make Your Resume Submission Stand Out: A 360 Approach
In this "new normal," it's not uncommon for open jobs to receive 500 to 1,000 resume submissions. The market is over-saturated with candidates looking to land their next job. Standing out is difficult and searching for jobs is daunting; but if you take a step back and design a strategy for your resume submission, you are much more likely to get results. Here is an "emergency job seekers doctor kit" designed by recruiter Brian Daniel. NOTE: All of the LinkedIn articles that this piece refers to were featured on LinkedIn Pulse, chosen by the site's editorial team.
1) Understand the difference between hard and soft skills
In the article "Resume Blunders: Highly Motivated Isn't a Skill," Brian Daniel outlines what should and shouldn't be listed on our resume.
2) Make sure your email is professional
In the article "Job Hunt: Why Your Email Address Matters Big Time," Brian Daniel outlines all the reasons that recruiters or HR Managers may be ignoring your resume submission.
3) Making countless submissions with no interviews or job offers
In the article, "200 Submissions & No Job Offer?" Brian Daniel explains the tiny details that job seekers miss when it comes to submitting themselves to a job. Recruiters, headhunters and HR Managers can spot candidates that are cutting corners.
4) Not following resume submission instructions
In the article, "The 7 Deadly Resume Sins," Brian Daniel addresses the issue of job seekers not following instructions. If you are lucky enough to have your resume beat the ATS and human eyes look at your resume (statistically you only have about 8 seconds), then hopefully you have done everything the way that they asked. If not, they are going to think the applicant doesn't know how to follow instructions.
5) Your skills are not updated
In the article "WARNING: Your Job Skills Aren't Updated," Brian Daniel addresses the issue of training. If you graduated from college more than five years ago and you haven't had any professional development, that is going to concern many recruiters and HR departments. Employers want to hire people with updated job skills.
6) Causing the human resources team to be concerned
In the article "13 Unlucky Reasons You Don't Get the Job," Brian Daniel confronts the topic of unrealistic job seekers. Unrealistic salary expectations, Bad online presence, and an inability for a interviewee to impress employers are just some of the issues covered in the article.