Distinguish Your Résumé Online
With so many people crowding company recruiting sites looking for opportunities, it’s vital that your résumé distinguishes itself.
by Shane Christopher
Posting your résumé on employer websites is a common tool used to transition from the military. From remote places, candidates can find options in a specific job market and tune into trends in a particular field. Posting your résumé on employer websites is cost effective and should be a part of any job search strategy. With so many people clamoring for limited opportunities, it’s vital to use your profile and posting to market your skills. However, many candidates complete the application and attach their résumé, then fail to edit the final version to maximize its impact.
Military review boards use a sophisticated process for promotion, often looking at hundreds of records in a limited time. Military evaluations, pictures and school transcripts are combined in a file for review. Corporate recruiters often use the same approach. They look for specific skills and identify keywords, credentials and locations. Once they hit “search,” recruiters scan individual results, typically spending just seconds on each person’s listing.
If you can’t distinguish yourself with the headline and items that reviewers spot in the first eight seconds, chances are you won’t be seen. Candidates can bolster their “clicks” by applying some simple ideas.
Remember to be Active
Keep in mind that posting your résumé on an employer’s website is a passive means of searching for a job. Don’t be fooled into thinking that by simply putting your “bait” in the water and falling asleep on the shore, that employers will come calling. You must network, follow-up via phone and e-mail, and communicate your value to the company.
Making the most of your online résumé:
1) Create a headline that has impact and does not confuse the reader. Examples include “hard working,” “ready for next challenge” and “fully-trained.”
2) Be careful not to use words that cast a shadow, such as “retired,” which can make you seem older and less prepared to enter a changing workplace. Try “experienced.”
3) Make contact information clear and in a plain format (one line for name, one line for street address, one line for city, state, phone, e-mail, etc).
4) Avoid using excess verbiage from military evaluations. Be brief and to the point.
5) Use bullets to highlight skills. A narrative format takes too long to read.
6) Spell out clear indications of results, excellent performance and active leadership. Use active voice such as “directed” or “ran” instead of “responsible for.” And mention the number of people, dollar amount and action completed.