With the number of job seekers increasing dramatically over the last 3 months, recruiters are being overwhelmed by the number of applications on each job post. But even before all of this, employers were still hoarded with a lot of resumes to screen through.
How did they find the best fit for them back then? By reducing the time spent on each resume and keeping a sharp eye on surface details before digging deeper. If you are looking to improve your chances of getting selected for the interview process, here are some of the most important aspects to take care of while applying for a job.
Attention To Detail
Would you like it if any solution you are looking for is half answered? That is exactly how a recruiter feels when you miss the important details including your name, address, email, and everything else that is vital. Always check whether the communication information you provide is actively used by you, as delayed replies also lead to rejections quite fast.
Another aspect of detailing involves font size, color, and shape. You may like a fancy font, but the recruiter always prefers the easiest fonts to read. 12-16 is the ideal font size range that you should use for paragraphs and headlines. Black and blue are easy to read and professional colors you can use in your resume too. Some of the most readable fonts you can use are:
Chronology Is A Must
Irrespective of how evolved we are, the culture of structuring resumes has always remained constant in some terms. The structure was made to ensure that the recruiter easily and quickly finds the points he/she wants to look at. The chronology of a resume follows as:
- You personal information
- Work experience (Latest to oldest)
- Academics (Latest to oldest)
- Strengths & Achievements
Targeted Cover Letters
One of the biggest mistakes that most of the modern job seekers make is to put one cover letter for all job applications. That clearly states that the applicant has not paid much attention to the job role and responsibilities mentioned in the post itself. More than 80% of recruiters look for a cover letter along with a resume.
Why? Because the cover letter is an appeal stating your importance in the organization and its associated role that you applied for. Make sure you customize your cover letter every time before sending it with your job application, keep the text concise and prevent any grammatical mistakes too. Also, remember to address the recruiter’s name if it is available, as it is a complimentary gesture too.
I believe that if you can put all the important information about you in the resume, then you are either a great copywriter or have not done enough to put things in. The reason behind this is simple. A resume is information about you relevant to the job you apply for. So, customizing your resume is a handy option in such cases.
Your resume will have strengths that are more than welcome for a particular industry job, but may not play significance in another one. For instance; a team player skill may work for a security manager role, but not for an isolated security guard job. So, mentioning strengths specific to an industry or position based on the job post will surely give you a competitive edge over others.
Patience Is Impressive
If you want to make a good impression on your recruiter, be sure to never ever call him/her after applying for the job. Even though a lot of recruiters conduct ill practice of not informing the rejected applicants, initiating confirmation calls/texts always ends up in a bad light. In corporate terms, these applicants are called “Stalkers”.
So, have patience and wait for a response from the recruiter. One of the better ways to track your application status is to check the job post itself. If the recruiter found the guy they were looking for, the post would be closed first.