[What follows is the March 2011 column I wrote for the Park University Alumni Association.]
Wanted: A Title for This Job Search/Careers Column
I am Rick Gillis, Park (College) University, ’86. I am a job search/employment expert and proud to have been asked to host a monthly column for the Park newsletter.
You might be wondering why me. It probably has something to do with my having written a few books on the topic as well as having hosted a couple of employment talk radio shows; I’ve been mentioned in The Wall Street Journal and heard on NPR. I “do” radio interviews across the country and speak to job search groups, associations and colleges. I have studied job search for the last decade (plus) and have created a highly successful short-form/1-page, PreResume™ concept.
Enough about me. If you would like to know more please visit www.RickGillis.com
Back to the point: I need a title for this column.
Got any ideas? I’ll send a copy of my current book to the person who comes up with the title that sings to me and Alumni Services!
My goal here is to stand a little taller on my soapbox and yell at the world that people continue to unknowingly undermine their job searches, their transitions within the company and their personal career planning. Anything employment related is fair game. Try me.
I intend to assemble a ‘staff’ of volunteer Park alumni who might want to participate in group-think for this column. Makes no difference where in the world you might be. You just need to be able to talk employment. Interested? Drop me a line and tell me in a paragraph or two why you should be a part of the team. I’ll introduce members of the (I NEED A TITLE!) group in the column next month (along with the column title.)
Submit your job search/career concerns, thoughts, ideas, schemes (I love schemes!) and problems and allow me (and us) to offer up our assistance.
SO—LET’S GET TO WORK!
I thought I would begin with some thoughts on why you are getting no response when submitting your resume.
First, my mantra: “Job Search is no longer about selection. It is about elimination!”
With the overwhelming number of applications and resumes received daily 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 “do’s” 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 creating a dialog.
- YOUR RESUME must be conservative to negotiate filtering software.
- No script. The software might reject your document.
- No tables. Ditto.
- No logos or graphics. Almost guaranteed to get your resume rejected.
- No continuous lines across the page. Filtering software may read a continuous line as a page break and go on to the next file meaning you just got passed over without a complete read.
- No giant fonts. A common mistake of the recent graduate trying to fill space on the page—their name in 36PT bold. The software in most cases will not be set to read PT sizes in excess of 16 or even 14PT.
- DO INCLUDE a Seeking Statement (my term) telling your reader the position you are applying for. 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 # _______________ (if there is a reference number).
I am seeking the Director of Mechanical Engineering position with Dow Chemical Company, reference # 12345.
- Know that the software is looking for an exact match of the job title. Make it easy for this to occur. Make it easy for the reader to “like you.”
- It might seem redundant to mention the name of the company that you have just sent your resume to but my best information tells me that you might get points in the scoring by using the company’s name.
- If a position contains a reference number, by all means use it. Make it easy for the recruiter to route your resume to the right person.
This is only a fraction of the information I intend to share with you in the coming months. Let me know what I can do for you!
Visit www.RickGillis.com and click on the PreResume™ tab to learn more about my original and very successful resume format.
Success to You!