Mari Holzer. resume. October 14th , 2017.
While writing a resume, one might have came across this thought that what is it that the employers look for. Is it your educational background, your work experience, your achievements, the salary you earned in your previous organization, the responsibilities you handled, etc? The factors that the employers look for in a candidate are many, but we as applicants have to showcase as many appropriate things as we can in the resume. It is the resume that makes our first impression on the employer and it is necessary to get called for the interview for getting through to the next stage of selection.
Even before the current recession began, Human Resources experts told us that most people are so nervous in job interviews that are too nervous to make a good impression in their first interview, and land a job on their second or third attempts. Another point the HR people reiterated is that the average resume ends up in the dont call pile somewhere from 90-95% of the time. Taken together, these points mean that if you use an average resume to apply for 10 jobs each week, the odds are that you that you wont get an interview until your ninth week, by which point you are so anxious and nervous that talk yourself out of a job, leading to another nine week wait for your next interview, at which you are more relaxed and might impress your interviewer and win the job. So it was no surprise when one study showed that the average executive or professional should expect their job hunt to take between 18 to 27 weeks. On one occasion in my own pre-resume writing business career, I found out by painful personal experience that these studies results were indeed accurate. Remember too, that both studies were done before the recession. The average job hunt nowadays, when even janitorial openings are getting 300 or more applicants, will likely take longer.
* By all means, go ahead and join professional organizations. So for a laboratory sales rep job, you could join AACC (American Association of Clinical Chemistry), CLMA (Clinical Lab Manager's Association), or various other organizations where you'd find people in that profession. Then you can put them on your resume, and elaborate on your association with them, which gives you more keywords for your resume.
- More self assessment Start looking for feedback. When your performance has been assessed, what strengths and weakness to you exhibit? If you were to ask a circle of friends and relatives, what kind of work do they think you would be good at? Youd be surprised at how insightful this exercise can be. They arent encumbered with your history yet they know you and often have some great suggestions based on what they know about you.
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