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How companies review your resume

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If you have done up your resume on resume bond, maybe with some carefully chosen fonts – then you are almost sure to be rejected as a candidate for a job. First impressions count, and companies aren’t looking for superficial impressions but an idea of how qualified you are to fill the position. What surprises many people is finding out how many companies use software to filter the first round of resumes.

Automated resume filters

Most larger companies are using automated resume filter software, and many smaller companies now hire recruitment agencies to use filter software to make the number of applications they review manageable. These filters take a scanned image of your resume, and then score it according to key words and phrases the company sets that describe the qualifications and skills needed for the job.

The importance of using a template

Resume templates are very important when applying for a job today. Make sure everything on your resume is presented in a logical order so that reviewers are able to skim it. Using a resume template keeps your information in order, and easy to read. A great tip if you want your template to stand out from other applicants is to have a look at ResumeShoppe. This site has a selection of cv templates for Word that will surely get you noticed and help you structure your information.

Keywords and key phrases

To beat the filter you have to know the key words and phrases used in your industry to describe the job that is listed. You may excel in being level headed and organized, but if the standard way of describing that in the position is “flow based management” and “conflict resolution,” you need to use their words and not your own. Make sure you do your homework so you know the right words to help you get through the filter to land the interview.

Making sure you understand your industry

Before you race off and grab a resume template that you like the looks of, take the time to do a little investigation into what your industry is looking for in a candidate. There is a pattern to how they want to see information. Some industries want to see your skills first, while others will be more interested in your related experience. Just about all of the companies are going to want to know more about you – but whether it is through an objective/goal statement or an executive summary is going to depend on the position as well.


How to Write a Cover Letter

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Crumpled Cover Letter

The importance of cover letters can never be neglected. A cover letter is your first opportunity to present yourself to a prospective employer, and its quality determines whether or not your resume will be read. Writing a cover letter is not that difficult. If you have never written a cover letter and don’t know where to start, don’t panic, here is what a cover letter should look like.

Usually a cover letter consists of three paragraphs.

  • The first paragraph is the introduction. In this paragraph, briefly express your interest in the company, and specify what position you are applying for. You may also include where you heard about this job opening and when you would like to start. Usually this paragraph won’t exceed 2-3 sentences.
  • The second paragraph contains the most valuable information. This is the paragraph where you outline your most relevant qualifications. Explain why you are the best candidate for this position, what your skills are and how you can contribute to the company. Read job postings carefully and research the company to get a clear idea of what kind of person they are looking for, and then tailor your experience accordingly. Also, be aware that many companies nowadays use keyword search to filter candidates, so be sure to have the right keywords in your cover letter. Those keywords can be easily found in the job description.
  • The third paragraph is the closing. In this paragraph, you provide your contact information, thank the recruiters for their time and consideration, and invite the employer to get back in touch with you for further conversation. Make this paragraph no longer than 3-4 sentences.

To help you better understand how to write a cover letter, below is a great cover letter example I found on the Harvard Business Review blog:

Dear David:

I am writing in response to the opening for xxxx, which I believe may report to you.

I can offer you seven years of experience managing communications for top-tier xxxx firms, excellent project-management skills, and a great eye for detail, all of which should make me an ideal candidate for this opening.

I have attached my résumé for your review and would welcome the chance to speak with you sometime.

Best regards,

xxx xxx

Written by Cathy Qiu