Lost in the Slush Pile?

Three Simple Fixes to Your Resume You Can Make Right Away

I teach workshops on crafting your resume so that it fully answers job requirements and screens you in to the selection process. But you could apply every principle I teach you on content and still have your resume never reach the desk of the hiring manager.

One major mistake job seekers make is to rely on their cover letter to give their resume context. But often the cover letter is separated from the resume, never printed, or never read. So you need to identify your resume such that it is associated with you, the pages stay together, and it can be associated with the opportunity you applied for.

Here are three simple fixes you can make to prevent your resume from being lost at the employer/client end:

1. Give your document a meaningful name
You can’t expect the person receiving your resume from the black hole to open up a document called “Resume.doc” and then carefully rename and save it with your name.

But YOU can name your resume document meaningfully before you send it. For example, “JDoe_ProjMgr.doc” is much more likely to be identified as part of an application for a current project manager opportunity than “jd.cv.doc” or “resume.doc”.

2. Put a subject line across the top
Include the name (number, date) of the position for which you’re applying.

3. Include name, date and pages in the footer
On every page including the first, put your name, the date (month, year) and the number of pages (e.g., “2 of 3”). Your name and the number of pages help the employer know who you are, and be able to follow your story if printed pages get shuffled. The date reminds both the employer – and you – that you are sending an updated resumé, and not a document crafted months ago and never updated.

Taking the extra two minutes to fully identify a document that has the power to open doors for you is only common sense. Recruiters andselection committees will start their review with a warm feelings towards you. And you will gain an edge over the one person in three who didn’t make these simple fixes.
Jennifer

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One Response to Lost in the Slush Pile?

  1. Henry Troup says:

    As a hiring manager, I’m amazed at the number of resumes I get without page numbers or headers or footers. If the printed pages get shuffled, I might easily read from your page one to someone else’s page two and lose interest.It appears that the default template for Microsoft Word no longer has page numbers. Being the default doesn’t mean that’s right for everything (or anything!)

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