Originally published at http://www.careersonline.com.au/Articles/reverse.html.
HOW TO REVERSE ENGINEER YOUR RESUME
One thing that amazes us is how people extend the time it takes to get a job by sending out the same cover letter or resume even though it has failed to get a result in the past. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get a different result is an exercise in futility.
Now I’m sure the above doesn’t apply to you, after all, you’ve been receiving our newsletter and acting on the tips in each issue. But our experience has shown that it’s NOT your skills, talent or experience an employer rejects but simply your application lets you down.
We had one long term unemployed person send the same resume and cover letter for a year (the same amount of time he had been unemployed)… with some simple resume and cover letter changes we were able to turn his luck around and he had 2 job offers within a few weeks.
Reverse engineer your resume…
Because we critique so many resumes each month it’s easy to find the small things that let the applicant down. Creating a good resume is like following a recipe in a cook book… you have to have the RIGHT ingredients but here’s the key, you have to TASTE it… there’s no point serving up food that tastes bad even though you think you followed the recipe. Here is a simple strategy to TASTE your resume before you send it.
Before you send your application, pretend that you have already sent it and you just received your rejection letter. What let you down?
Could your skills have been better described or put into better context?
Did you show enough research?
Does your work history not stack up?
Are you missing some of the key areas they’re looking for?
More often than not you will find some areas that could do with improving, so fix them up. When your application looks ok then send it.
One of the main problems in critiquing your own resume is because you are simply too close to the subject. You can’t see the forest because of all the trees, so to speak. This is why a service like ours can help you put your skills into context and say the RIGHT things about your talents and experiences.
Remember, every day that you spend applying for jobs and waiting for responses is costing you money.
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Do your resume show your skills and pass the test? Do you need some assistance in improving your job search? If so, contact a Career Counselor with Lexacount Search’s Career Consulting Services. If you are interested in learning more about finance and accounting industry opportunities, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Finance Group. Or, if you are interested in attorney or other roles in the legal industry, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Legal Group.