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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Your Resume Will Not Find You a Job

It's not a person that is reviewing your resume, it's a computer. Learn how to figure out what the computer wants to hear.

Your Resume Will Not Find You a Job


Savvy Working Gal said...

You are right on with this post. I revised my resume a couple of months ago and received the following response from a recruiter: You should include any key industry buzz words such as GAAP, etc. HR especially looks for those words even if it’s obvious to those who actually do it.

Other descriptions I saw on job descriptions:
Financial analysis
Financial modeling
Valuation analysis
Market analysis
External research
Participation in and management of aspects of the due diligence process.

Creating a resume based on buzz words seems so phony to me, but I like your suggestion to steal keywords from the job posting. That is how I used to write my cover letters years ago (before computers)when I typed a new letter for every position I applied for.

Malpractice Insurance said...

Thanks for passing along the link. This is such a huge help in a day and age when you never actually see someone face to face or hear anything back after submitting a resume. Wonderfully done!

Anonymous said...

I believe that being well connected helps you get the job. My husband looked for a job for 9 months before landing a great job, and it wasn't due to all of his education. It was from being well connected and keeping in touch with B-school alumnae.

Stephen Spencer said...

Unfortunately I am in graduate school in a state thousands of miles away from where I am looking for jobs.

My professional network is very local, and I am attempting to utilize them to flex outward towards my goal location, but it is very hard.

I will definitely take this article to heart as I approach graduation and am applying to more positions.

Additionally, do you think it would be a good idea to find managers within target companies, and send them letters (with or without my resume) should they have any openings?

Let me know!

Automotive Recruitment Guy said...

When tailoring resumes to be 'read' by computers, is it time to start submitting resumes in binary code?