As most of you know, my goal in writing this blog is to keep our students (and anyone else that is interested) as informed as possible about how to find their path AND do an effective job search. Doing an effective job search first means writing an effective resume. The resume lands you the job interview.
In reading a recent article (link below) by Bill Murphy, Jr. who interviewed Scott Bacon a recruiter for Google, we find that some things that were acceptable on a resume just a few years ago….are NOT acceptable now. All of what he recommends can be followed, whether you are applying with a huge company like Google or a small local company.
During the interview Bacon told Murphy that in a large company like Google your resume can be placed in the “No” pile simply because the reviewer doesn’t care for the way you have formatted your resume. Bad formatting means bad overall appearance. Make sure your finished resume looks good and flows consistently, is not too crowded looking and the right skills and abilities stand out.
Bacon considers objectives to be “old school.” I have been telling our students for a couple of years now that “Objectives” are not necessary, in fact they take up space. What is said in most objective statements can be easily said in your cover letter. But keep in mind that objectives tend to let the employer know what you are looking for when in fact your focus needs to be, “what can I do for the employer.”
Be relevant – When you list experiences that have nothing to do with the job you are applying for…it is a huge turn off.
As us Career Services staff have shared for years now, you need to tailor each resume you send to the specific position you are applying for. You need to list accomplishments more than you list responsibilities, and don’t use buzzwords unless they are words that are actually in the job description of the job you are applying for.
Bacon recommends that you make the effort to ask the recruiter at the company, to give you advice on how to make it through the application process for the company. Do read Murphy’s article at the link below for more detail.