Why Your Resume Isn’t Motivating Employers

Why Your Resume Isn’t Motivating Employers

Have you ever wondered why other people less qualified than you are getting interviewed for your job (the job you wish you had)? You know you have the skills, you have written down your qualifications on your resume and yet employers do not respond to your seemingly endless submissions.

The problem is probably not your lack of ability but your resume itself. If you want interviews, your resume must document your accomplishments in precisely the way employers want to see it.

What employers look for in a resume

Employers want to feel as if you are the one who will solve their problems and they want to believe you will be the one to help increase their bottom line. They also want to be inspired enough to get in contact with you without delay. This is a lot to ask considering a human resources agent usually spends 3-8 seconds per resume in order to narrow a pile of 200-300 resumes down to 3-7 for one position.

Only when you can convince the employers you are their answer will your resume receive more than a glance. Subsequently, the first few lines of your resume will be the difference between an interview or the shredder.

Customize your resume for each application

The first task to giving an employer what they want is to convince them they have found “the one.” An employer wants to believe you’ve spent your entire career preparing to fill their vacancy. While that may not be entirely true, it is still your task to articulate your strengths as they relate directly to the position for which you are applying.

Sometimes this could mean having more than one resume with each one highlighting those capabilities most directly relating to each position title. The more generic your resume, the further removed you may become from directly fulfilling the employer’s needs. So make sure your resume ‘speaks’ to the employer directly.

Emphasize accomplishments over tasks

Another way to give an employer what they want to see on your resume is to focus on accomplishments rather than tasks. A task is only useful if it produces a significant result. Remember, when you fulfill an employer’s needs, you motivate them to call you in for an interview. You must be sure to include all the ways in which you achieved improvement, advancement, simplified and/or increased the bottom-line.

A professional resume writer can assist you in transforming simple tasks into impressive accomplishments so never hesitate to seek the advice of a professional who’s skilled at turning boring past duties into dynamic career accomplishments.

Spend time on the cover letter

Finally, never underestimate the power of a cover letter. Your cover letter gives you the opportunity to summarize your abilities in a personal way. A good cover letter can express your interest in a way that sets you apart from other candidates. It gives you the opportunity to creatively position yourself as unique, motivated, and perfectly ready to move on to the interview process.

During a time when competition is fierce, it is critical to never underestimate the potential of a powerfully written resume and cover letter. Designing a resume that stands out from 99 percent of the others takes a great amount of time and skill so be sure to do your research. If you feel you are not up for the task, you can always seek the help of a professional resume writer.

About this Experts Contributor: Mary Dismore is the founder of Your Signature Resume, which provides professional resume writing services. She specializes in resume writing, cover letters, LinkedIn optimization and much more. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @YSRresume.

As of September 5, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.


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