The human resource personnel and hiring staff receive plenty of resumes for any job opening and because of the huge number they tend to skip, miss or discard a lot of resumes too. This is known as the “Resume Black Hole” where your resume goes unnoticed even if you are a worthy candidate.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid going in the Black Hole, as advised by career experts:
Career Counsellors and Hiring Managers advice candidates to use buzz keywords and phrases in their resume. The words and phrases that appear in the job posting should be included in your resume as much as possible as this would help your resume reach to the top of most job searches. Then again, cutting and pasting the job posting in your resume could be detrimental to your chances of going to the interview rounds.
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Networking And Connecting
Another way to make your resume prominent among other resumes is by using your networking contact to get in touch directly with the hiring manager. You can ask your source to inform the hiring manager that you have applied for the position. You could also try and determine who the hiring manager is and directly send him/her your resume requesting for an informational interview.
Maintaining your resume’s simplicity can be really helpful. Avoid any form of graphics or logo that may affect the tracking system’s ways of searching your resume. You can also have someone proofread your resume in case there are any typing errors.
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The Entrepreneurial Approach
Career Counsellors often advise candidates to take an entrepreneurial approach when it comes to sending their resume. Instead of leaving repeated voice messages to the HR, one could send a hard mail and follow it up with a phone call.
Researching The Company’s Hiring Process
One of the best ways to improve your chances of getting called for an interview, is to research about the Company’s Hiring Process. Some company’s have their hiring process elaborately explained in their hiring page. Hence researching on these and gaining complete insight would help candidates to avoid the resume black hole.
These are the few things you should keep in mind in order to get recognized among the hiring professionals instead of having your resume discarded like most of them.