Behind the Scenes with Bev Haddouche

Nov 18, 2013

“Why Am I NOT Getting Any Interviews?” 

If you’ve been on the job hunt for a while, it’s a question that’s undoubtedly crossed your mind. Candidates who have current skill sets, solid communication skills and work-related references to support both should generally be able  to find well-suited roles.  If you’ve got everything going for you, but nothing seems to be coming together, it’s time to identify the broken link(s)  in your job-finding efforts.

I’ve had candidates say “I don’t know what’s wrong with me – I’m not getting any interviews?!”  Please re-read that sentence again.  If you are sending out resumes, but not getting interviews, it’s not you – it’s the paper representation of you that isn’t working!

Although simplified, it has been my experience  that;

  • If you aren’t finding jobs to apply to, you may need to evaluate where you are looking.
  • If you aren’t getting any job interviews, it’s likely  your resume (or you are applying to positions you clearly aren’t qualified for).
  • If you are getting job interviews, but no offers, your interview skills or references may need review.

The most critical step is getting in front of decision makers, so let’s focus on your resume.

I know you will cringe when you hear this, but gone are the days of having “a” resume.   If you are applying to positions you are reasonably qualified to do, you should be able to highlight points in your resume specific to the job ad.  Yes, that means tailoring your resume to suite every position you are applying to.   Taking the time up front can mean the difference between getting the job interview or not.

A few key points about your resume:

– Forget the idea that it has to be a predetermined number of pages.  No one will read something that’s too lengthy, and you may be passed over if your information is too brief.
-The purpose of a resume is to get enough information in front of a potential employer so that they will want to meet with you.  It does not have to include everything you’ve done since landing your first paper route!
-Spelling and grammar count.
-Contact information should be current, correct, and easily visible.
-If you are seeking a leadership role, highlight your leadership experience.  If you are seeking a technical role, highlight your technical experience.
-Ask for advice on your resume, and be open to the feedback provided, but understand that different employers have different resume preferences.
-White space on the page is welcome – it allows the reader to easily make notes about your background and experience.
-Remember that this is a professional resume geared toward finding employment.  Avoid referencing associations or involvement in non –work related areas that may be considered controversial (i.e., politics, religion, etc.), unless you are applying to a position where it would be obviously beneficial to include these details.

Once your resume is ready to go, you can start applying.  If your phone is ringing, Congratulations – it’s working!

There are many resources out there to get you started – everything from free on-line advice to paid resume writer services.  The links below will help you get started.

Good luck!!

https://www.executrade.com/career-opportunities/resources/
http://career-advice.monster.ca/resumes-cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/jobs.aspx
http://blog.workopolis.com/en/

 

Bev Haddouche, Senior IT Recruitment Consultant
Executrade – Your Recruitment Specialists