The Black Hole: What Happens to a Bad Resume

You've been job hunting for weeks.  You search the job board websites every morning, you update your LinkedIn, and you even re-connect with your old boss from 3 jobs ago.  Finally - this is it!  You find that dream job posted online!  It's with a solid company who treats their employees well and your qualifications fit the job posting exactly!  It sounds like a perfect fit.  You apply immediately.

And then ... nothing.

You never hear back.  You get the initial "Thanks for applying, we will only respond if we wish to schedule an interview." email and then silence.  What happened?

If this scenario sounds all too familiar, it's time to check that resume.

 

A recruiter only spends 30 seconds looking at your resume.  30 seconds.  They scan, they make a decision, and with one a click of a mouse, you're either in or you're out.  If you're in: great!  You get an email or phone call asking to schedule an interview.  

But if not?  What if you're out?  What happens to that resume?

Legally, companies need to maintain all resumes and applications for certain period of time after you initially apply.  And depending on the company, they may actually go back and comb through candidates when another job opens up.  They might even maintain an applicant database.  But you can't take that chance.  You need to make that good impression in those first 30 seconds, or else your resume is dropped into the abyss: the black hole where bad resumes go to die.

So how do you make a good impression? Make sure your resume represents who you are: a skilled, knowledgeable worker with relevant experience to perform well at this position.  If it has errors or isn't organized in a way that clearly shows your education and experience, you're going into the black hole and that dream job is just that - a dream.

 

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