2020 just started and we’re all working on our goals, dreams, and ambitions. That may include working towards the career you’ve always desired. You may not know where to go or even where to begin. One of the first things you should do is invest in a quality resume. Resumes are more than just a useless piece of paper; they give insight into your qualifications, and they also act as a stepping stone in the interview process.
Look back over your life and reflect on how many things you’ve done that would qualify you for your dream job. Those things do not necessarily have to be in previous positions. They could even be things that you have done through volunteer work. Does your current resume reflect that? Does your resume give the true depth of your previous positions or does it simply list the job description? It is important to convey all the qualifications that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
Because people fail to do this, approximately 75% of resumes are not forwarded to the hiring manager. So let’s talk numbers for a moment. On average 250 people who apply for a single position that is posted. Of that number, only 1 in 4 of applications actually make it to the hiring manager. That still does not necessarily mean that the 25% of applicants that make it to the hiring manager will be called for an interview. Only 2% of applicants actually get an in-person interview. Hiring managers are looking for the most qualified person who will be the “best fit” for the position and they usually don’t have time to sit down with every single applicant. The most effective way to increase the probability of getting an interview is to invest in a quality resume that showcases your marketable skills.
Remember: your resume will speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself.