Does “While your skills are impressive, we have decided to pursue other candidates,” sound a little too familiar?
It’s frustrating to respond to a listing for your dream job and submit your resume, only to get an automated response because your submission didn’t get past the resume evaluation software.
Here’s how to fix that.
First, find three job descriptions that suit your career aspirations. Look for three that make you want to shout out “I can do that.” The position should be your perfect fit. Don’t worry about location.
Next, look for common denominator keywords. If all of the positions require “evaluating digital campaigns,” “proficiency in Excel,” “writing a newsletter,” and “social media strategies” make sure that your resume uses that language to accurately describe your current skills. For all of the keywords that are repeated consistently mirror the same phrases in your resume.
The language in your resume should closely reflect how employers are identifying desired skill sets. Your resume needs to speak the same language that the employer is using.
Finally, if you find you are lacking in something, for example, “proficiency in Excel,” and all of the positions you are attracted to are requiring it, take a course, and learn it. If the experience you lack isn’t something for which a course is readily available, find a way to learn it by volunteering or serving on a committee where you can gain the missing piece.
A word of caution: Never misrepresent a skill.
Research the skills. Match your skills. Capture the language. Land the job.