From a job description to your bio, here’s what to do when your resume is getting tossed in the trashcan.
Here are a few tips for handling your resume: Use keywords.
Some job listings are just for a job, and the keyword could be the first or last word in the title.
If the title says it all, that’s what it says.
But when the job description or the job title has a long tail, be wary.
A good rule of thumb is to use only one keyword, and it should be consistent throughout your resume.
If your job description has several words, choose one that matches the job and the employer.
If it says something about your abilities, try to be specific.
That way, if your resume reads, “Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are applying for a new job,” you might be asked to fill out the application and apply for the position.
For more job search tips, see our guide to hiring, interviewing and interviewing skills.
Keep your resume short.
Employers can ask for a resume that is just 1,000 words or less.
A resume should contain information about your skills and accomplishments, so if you’re trying to land a job you’re not sure about, make sure to fill it out with as much detail as possible.
If you’re an older person or with a disability, your resume should have an example of your achievements or accomplishments.
For example, if you are a medical doctor, your résumé should list a few achievements.
If a resume doesn’t include the name of the employer, that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t hire you.
If someone says they want to hire you, you can always ask for your resume to be scanned and compared.
Make sure you don’t use too many keywords.
Use the word you’d use to describe yourself, like “personable,” or “effective,” “creative,” or even “strong.”
Avoid using words like “unique” or “high-achieving.”
Those might be good to use in the first place, but you don.
It’s better to get the employer to use one or more words that match your skill set and your employer’s vision.
For instance, if a resume says, “Dr. and Ms. Johnson have been looking for an experienced salesperson for over six years,” you’re likely to get a positive response.
However, if the company says, “[Dr. Johnson] is a certified salesperson who has worked for years with a number of companies,” then your resume might not resonate with your employer.
Try to use the same words again and again.
“Unique” and “high achieving” are great keywords, but don’t forget that the first time you use them you might forget to include them again.
If that happens, use another word, like, “highly effective.”
For example: “Dr., Ms., and Dr. Johnson.
Have been looking.
We have been recruiting salespeople for over 6 years.
We are now looking for a salesperson with strong sales capabilities.
We can easily hire someone who has the skills and experience to manage a sales team.”
If you can’t remember the name, just say it, like: “Ms. Johnson, Dr., and Mr. Johnson.”
And, if it’s a job title, you could say, “Ms., Dr., Mr. and Mr Johnson.”
If a job is advertised and it has a job listing that says “Marketing Director,” try to find a description of that position and how you’d like to be promoted.
Use keyword-rich titles.
If there’s a lot of job listings, you should probably use keywords, too.
That means, “Senior Sales Representative” or, “Sales Representative for the Americas.”
If your company has a “Sales and Marketing Manager” title or a title like “Sales Associate,” try not to include the word “Manager.”
If the company’s website lists a job as “Marketer” or even says “Director of Sales” or a similar title, make it clear what that title is.
If an employer has listed a position as “Sales Specialist” or as “Senior Marketing Specialist,” that’s a good way to make it sound like you’ve done all the work and are the one hiring.
Avoid using “Leading Sales Representative,” “Sales Consultant,” or other generic job titles.
They sound like they’re the job descriptions for sales positions, but those descriptions aren’t often accurate.
Instead, make them more specific by including the name and contact information of a recruiter.
For an example, look at this job listing on a job search site.
You’ll notice that it says, “‘Leading sales representative,’ or ‘Sales Consultancy.”
That’s not a position that you can easily fill, because it doesn’t exist.”
Instead, use your own job title: “Leadership Sales Representative for our Americas business.”
Keep your bio brief.
It may be tempting to put too