How Your Resume Really is Your Passport to a New Job
Challenges Facing Job Seekers
An inc.com article shows that “On average, every corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes. But only 4 to 6 of these people will be called for an interview, and only 1 of those will be offered a job.”
When Employers post jobs online, they are receiving responses from all over, both instate and out of state. No longer are the days where you would post a help wanted sign in the window and interview the one or two people that walked in asking about the job. These days you have to be efficient and have hard minimum standards to help yourself wade through the many responses.
Online Job Boards Receive Thousands of New Resumes Weekly
An article, citing Dr. John Sullivan, revealed the following statistics about online job sites:
27,000 other resumes are posted on Monster alone each and every week
Online job postings often draw hundreds or thousands of responses within just 24 hours
One job posting on Monster can generate 200+ resumes in less than a day and most of those resumes will not be qualified for the job
Generally, companies receive 50 to 75 resumes for each skilled position and up to 300 for customer-service and entry-level positions.
This helps to put into perspective why you need to make sure your resume is as perfect a representation of your skills as possible. It really is your first impression with the company, not when you shake hands in an interview.
Unqualified People Apply
“53 percent of resumes contain falsifications, and the resume reviewer can often sense it before even meeting you“
The frustrating thing for anyone seeking a job is that these applicants frequently take up response phone calls and can sometimes even make it to the interviews if they have prepared a good explanation or the falsifications make it past the initial reviews.
A recruiter or hiring manager only gives most resumes an initial 10-30 second glance and then sorts it into 1 of 3 piles: Keeper, Maybe, Trash
Only 17 percent of recruiters bother to read cover letters unless you make the short list
60 percent of resumes reviewed by a computerized scanning system are never seen by human eyes.
No one said this was going to be easy, but if you put in the effort to make a high quality resume, that will be evident to those reading it and you will be that much more likely to receive a call for an interview.
A Forbes.com article, citing research done by TheLadders.com, states –
“The study also shows that recruiters spend 80% of that six seconds looking at just six things:
Previous position, start and end dates
Current position, start and end dates”
This shows just how important it is to make sure you format your resume in not just a chronological order, but also in a manner in which makes it easy to read while quickly skimming for important information.
Quick Decision Making
A Forbes.com article, citing research done by TheLadders.com, states – “recruiters only spend an average of 6.25 seconds looking at a candidate’s résumé before deciding whether he or she is a fit for a job.”
This is most likely because of the fact that they receive so many applications for each and every available position. They do not have time to read each and every word on a resume and think over what the candidate meant or implied if there was any confusion.
Your first impression is vital when you are submitting a resume, you only have seconds to grab the attention of those reading your resume.
A Medium to Large Sized Company Hiring Process
A typical medium-large company gets around 100-200 job applicants per position.
These 100-200 are quickly filtered down to a group of 25 with a 10-30 second glance
The 25 are given a second look, and then filtered down to about 5-10
These 5-10 candidates are given an assessment/test that filters the group down to 3-5
While most job sites on the web offer great advice, the vast majority of the sites are aimed toward the needs of those already in the working world. There is very little information about starting a job for the first time, transitioning into a career after graduation from a job during school, or even just accurate information that teens need when facing the workplace riggers.
We wish to help be a guide through any struggles that you may face.
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Our blog, Interview Review (IR), is geared at bringing information to those that are entering the work force for the first time, or maybe even after graduation. Yes, the information will be relevant to anyone and everyone that has a job, we are hoping to help raise the bar of what is considered professional behavior and etiquette in the workplace and the job market.
The strong role models with amazing work ethic has been on the decline as the baby boomer generation ages and passes on. The newer generations move around from company to company, from one opportunity to the next. This isn’t a bad thing, but gone are the days where you worked hard to get a job, then worked harder to keep that job until you retired.
With the moving around comes the melting pot atmosphere of many workplaces. There are people from many different backgrounds, with many different personalities and reactions to different things. Our hope is to help guide those entering this workforce in how to navigate the challenges of this grown up world, and try our best to be a guiding resource in professionalism and professional courtesy.
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Resume Writing Service
Although this features is still in the development stages, it is nearing completion and will be rolled out next as our next installment of the services we look to offer you, our users.
When researching the difficulties that face many of the first time job seekers when they are trying to find a job, we realized that not everyone is comfortable writing their own resume. Weather it be spelling issues, grammar issues, or anything else, they would feel more comfortable having someone else write their resume. But, the trouble with this is the fact that so many writing services are very expensive for someone that doesn’t already have a job, or that doesn’t have a lot of extra money lying around.
We want to offer a high quality resume, cover letter, or packaged deal for a reduced amount, for much less than those currently offered online.
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Although we haven’t completed this feature of the site yet, we listened when you told us you wanted it during our first design tests. Our programmers are hard a work, coding away at the new features that we plan to continue to roll out after our initial beta testing phase.
Once completed, our resume builder will be free for anyone to use, contain hundreds of unique individual resumes, hundreds of unique objective statements in close to a hundred different job categories, and all watermark free! Of course if you want, you can also write all your own content into one of our designs without all of our prompts.
We look forward to providing you with this service.
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