“How can I get better responses to my resume?”
Maybe it’s not you.
Maybe it’s your resume.
You have the skills and experience for the jobs you are applying for, so why aren’t you getting responses to your applications?
Here are some things to consider:
- A Professionally Written Resume. You are good at your job, but maybe not great at writing a resume. That is ok because there are people who are. Start with our FREE Resume Critique and enlist the help of a professional resume writer.
- Applicant Tracking Systems. Your resume is not getting past the ATS because it doesn’t have enough of the keywords the system is looking for. Read these tips on How to Beat an Applicant Tracking System.
- Non-Targeted Resume. Each time you apply for a job, your resume and cover letter should be specifically tailored for that job. This is particularly important as you apply for more expert and advanced positions at the executive level. Read Resume Targeting: An Executive Job Search Bullseye for more information. This will also help you beat the ATS.
- Underutilizing Your Network. Job seekers tend to have much better luck securing employment through their network of professional contacts, friends, and family rather than blindly applying for posted jobs. Tap into the vast knowledge and connections of your network and let people know you are looking for new opportunities. Networking Activities You can Start Today
- Better Follow-Up. If you have heard back once but then nothing, try these tips for following up: Interview Follow-Up: Just Do It!
The Wrap Up
If you have a professionally written resume and a top-notch cover letter (tailored specifically to each job) and you are still having trouble getting responses, you may want to consider working with a job coach or a recruiter. No matter what you do, don’t give up. Securing a new job can be a long process and the perfect job is worth the wait.
Talking with and networking with other job seekers can also be beneficial.
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