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Job Application Techniques
[more resume hints]
[click to view sample resume style]
Resumes are a business document:
part business card, part sales brochure: recruiters are
busy people so deliver your message in a brief, succinct style
that emphasises your written communication skills.
Your resume marketing
strategy should integrate with the
your initial resume review may be by computer conducting
a key skill search
of a database
for specific skills amongst hundreds of applicants.
Consider the fact 90% of people will read your resume on their mobile phone or PC screen.
How recruiters select candidates.
Recruiters tend to short-list
or interview candidates
with the best resumes; not necessarily the candidates who have all
the right skills for the job.
First step is key skill
searches of thousands of resumes in seconds: this software
selects only resumes matching the job specification to short list
Use a descriptive job title like recruiters use
to search for candidates: never use vague
words like engineer, supervisor or consultant, use descriptive titles
like electrical engineer for example.
Research jobs that match your discipline; learn what key words match your skills; lack of key
words can cost you thousands of dollars in lost job
Research can influence candidate suitability or search results; key word
optimization when used writing your resume will help get
you short listed for interview,
fancy graphics and
complex formatting will not.
Resume performance can be measured; testing and comparing can help
identify your résumé's strengths and weaknesses, performance testing
reduces rejection by
employers, testing is critical to all engineering excellence.
[Click to view key word optimization example]
Is your resume easy to read?
To survive a 30 second review your
first page must contain the information hiring managers
want; your job title, what are your skills, what is your experience, where you
have worked, when did you do this work?
Think of your job title as a one line summary of
your resume; an accurate, concise description of
resume content; for example electrical engineer is more
descriptive than just engineer, such precise detail helps recruiters find your resume.
The easiest way to ensure that
the right key words are visible to both recruiters and search
engines is to write this text into your resume.
Well written business
documents need to have a formal structure: all the right
information in correct sequence, easy to read with short sharp
informative sentences that do not confuse the reader.
Important business documents rely
on a summary to save time; your name, job title, contact details, followed by a brief career summary of your level of experience,
your skills, what companies you have worked for, where you have
Before you even start writing your resume think about who will read
your document: amongst hundreds of job applications
will your resume be impressive enough in seconds to get you short
listed for interview.
Your resume should convince
the recruiter in 30 seconds
or less to read on; or risk the moving on to the next applicant.
Most of us have basic word processing
skills: that is the easy part, where most people fail is by
insisting on proofreading and editing their own
Good writing demands
impartial editing; don’t make the common mistake of editing or
proof reading your own work, get a
document easy to read avoid using
all or excessive capital letters,
keep your sentences to short paragraphs that are easy to digest.
[Resume review and
Magazine articles are an excellent
example to follow: first a clear heading, [your job title] followed by short,
sharp sentences of content that tells the recruiter what they
need to know with a minimum of words.
When your job application arrives
via email you are a guest: good manners count, so make sure you
do not send large attachments above 300kb except on request.
based form applications
companies have changed to online job registration: instant
online registration reduces spam, saves time reducing the cost
of hire, is virus free and in a simple text resume format.
eliminate the slow process of downloading email resumes; this
structured method helps
to identify the best applicants: reject unsuitable applicants,
minimise spam, more companies are using this faster method
of processing resumes.
Employees cannot guarantee
their data entry people
will enter your correct details; you get to fill in the
application form to avoid errors.
Format your resume
with complex formatting like bullets, borders, graphics etc.
when pasted into forms can become unreadable.
convert your resume to basic text; formatting such as columns,
bullets, borders, tables and graphics will all be lost in the
Over 80% of Fortune 500
companies now use online
this includes major
oil companies, project managers and employment agencies.
a career decision...go
to our free resume quality assurance tester
Employers prefer a career summary on the first page: this should be followed by your
get hired for your technical skills: not your graphics, so
it simple, text based skills searches totally ignore fancy graphics and
Email resumes are
stripped of columns, tables etc to simple text for database
entry: so eliminate complex formatting that puts you at the bottom, not
the top of the pile of applicants.
[Test your resume writing knowledge in 30
Resume File Names
Why confuse employers by
naming your resume document as resume.doc
why be lazy like over
60% of job applicants;
for example is much more professional: using your last name you will assist
companies to register your details, plus ensure error free electronic
the employer instructions
is great opportunity to convince the employer you
are capable of paying attention to detail; most companies are not
impressed by any applicant not capable of following simple instructions.
your application is not sent exactly as requested by the employer it will at be delayed,
right to the bottom of the pile, or be deleted.
Include your contact details.
are just like you: they all delete or forward emails, if you do not include
your email address in your resume your most important contact
detail can be lost or deleted.
contact is important but email is more convenient; you risk
losing jobs if employers decide not to phone you due to
different time zones.
recommend using your private email address; when you change
employers this will protect your privacy.
example: say your private email is
you then name
then send your application using your work email.
a very common fault: very confusing to employers as there is no relationship at all between any
of this information, should these documents or email ever become separated
employers will have difficulty making contact.
Application or cover letters
Combine your application letter and resume in one single document, it's quicker to
open or read, this eliminates the risk of two documents being separated or
Use the right keywords relevant to your skills:
both in your covering letter and your resume.
Key word skill searches of an employer database will now
also look in
your cover letter; this simple but effective method increases your chance
of an interview.
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