When job openings are posted online, companies often face an influx of hundreds to thousands of applications. To help them in the hiring process, companies have started using resume screening software. Career Coach Nick Parham offers tips on how to customize your resume and cover letter to get through the software filter system and on to the next step in the interview process in this KGO 810 AM radio interview.
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In this KGO 810 AM radio interview, career coach Nick Parham answers the question: should you put links in your resume? To give you a hint, the answer is yes. One tip: make sure that the links are a reflection of what you have done for your career. Listen for more tips regarding what, where, and how to use links in your resume.
Career coach Nick Parham discusses what to do if there is no response to your resume on KGO 810 AM radio. Listen to his advice on how customizing your resume, being persistent and using LinkedIn can help get you past the mass of other qualified applicants and increase your chances of securing an interview.
Career Coach Nick Parham gives advice on how to make your resume stand out from those of the hundreds, if not thousands, of other qualified applicants out there. One way to stand out is to embed keyword phrases and experience from the job description in your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. Hear other resume tips from Nick Parham in this KGO 810 AM radio interview.
When writing their resume, most people only report what they did–not the results they achieved. This is one of several common resume mistakes, says Career Coach Nick Parham. Hear more and learn about top resume mistakes during this KGO 810 AM radio interview with Nick Parham below.
Some say that a resume should only be one page. Myth or reality? Career Coach Nick Parham discusses the top resume myths in this KGO 810 AM radio interview.
What are the 3 most common resume mistakes job seekers make?
1. The kitchen sink syndrome. I see too many resumes in which the writer has tried to include practically everything they’ve ever done in their career. It lacks focus and doesn’t tell the hiring manager a compelling story about you.
2. No customization. A lot of people customize the cover letter but not the resume. Big mistake. Look at the job description. Pay attention to the keywords and experience the company is looking for, and make sure you customize your resume with that in mind.
3. Hiring a resume writer with no business experience. The typical resume writer is simply a writer. I’ve hired over 1,000 people in my business career. I know what hiring managers are looking for, and what will cause them to call you and ask for an interview.
Recently, I helped a client customize her resume and cover letter to a sustainability/green job description. She got an interview with the CEO. After the interview, the CEO said there had been over 2,000 resumes submitted–and her resume came in number one in terms of matching the job requirements.
Surprisingly, many of my clients aren’t aware of one of the most important tips for effective resume writing: customization. Customizing your resume to a prospective employer’s job description is critical in getting you to the top of the list.
In the Bay Area, the average job posting gets well over 1,000 applications. The only way for companies to handle this avalanche is to filter them using software. The software is programmed to select resumes that have the same experience, skills and industry jargon included in the job description.
The first thing you should customize is the objective at the very top of your resume. The objective should include the job title as well as any pertinent work experience. For example, if the title of the job description is “Marketing Manager,” your objective should read something like: “Marketing Manager with 10 years experience looking for position that will leverage my talents.”
This is the beginning of a series of blog posts on resume tips. So please bookmark this blog and come back for more resume writing tips.
Move up, move on, break out! – Cheers, Nick